Classic Whittling
Basic Techniques and
Old-Time Projects
by Rick Wiebe

150 x 230mm

Published by Linden Publishing, Fresno, CA, USA


ISBN 978-1-61035-254-3

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 191

Whittling is one of the oldest of the woodworking crafts, requires a minimum of tools, but can be a uniquely satisfying pursuit and one that can be followed anywhere from sitting on the porch to waiting for a bus.

Rick Wiebe begins his book with a couple of comments about what to look for in the knife which will do most of the work. He also suggests adding a few other tools, introduces a special tool (the spoon whittler's 'bent'), and recommends wearing a protective glove on the 'other' hand.

He briefly discusses sharpening and materials suitable for whittling before describing the basic cuts.

The rest of the book is devoted to projects, starting with whittled toys. First is a Flying Helicopter, next a cross-type Boomerang and a Slip-Bark Whistle. Wiebe calls the last of the toys a Yipstick (also known as a Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle - Market Wares: Issue #176).

All of these are fairly straightforward; so are the Serving Fork and Spatula. The author then turns to more intricate whittling such as Chains, Interlinked Hearts and a Ball in a Cage.

The next two chapters describe the whittling of intricate Fan Birds and Human Faces. The last couple of pages deal with Finishing. All of the projects are presented as a series of small but clear photos with brief notes.

Rick Wiebe has packed a lot of information into this small book. No previous experience is assumed, so it should appeal to anyone interested in discovering the enjoyment of whittling.

Illustrations: Clour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Chapter 1: Tools and Equipment or Choose Your Wand

Chapter 2: Sharpening

Chapter 3: Finding Whittlin' Material

Chapter 4: Techniques for Whittlin'

Chapter 5: Toys
- A flying helicopter toy
- Making a real working boomerang
- Slip bark whistle
- The amazing and mysterious yipstick

Chapter 6: Whittlin' Treen
- Making a wooden spatula and a serving fork
- Serving or salad fork
- Spoon

Chapter 7: Intricate Whittlin'
- The impossible arrow
- Chain
- Interlinked hearts
- Ball in a cage
- A more complicated ball in cage
- Ring on a dumbbell
- Spheres within spheres

Chapter 8: Fan Birds

Chapter 9: Human Faces

Chapter 10: Finishing