Author(s): Matt Collins
A beautifully presented, practical gift guide to the age-old art of whittling.
There are 50 projects featured in the book, ranging from quick makes to more elaborate projects, and even a chapter on creating things from cork. The 8 main themes are:
Quick Things - including a doorstop, a bookmark and a gift-box book;
Into The Woods - including a willow whistle, walking stick, fish hook and slingshot;
Around The House - including chopsticks, coat and crochet hooks;
Cork Creations - including a succulent pot, stamp, and earphones spool;
Ornamental Carving - including a boat, a deer and a spinning top;
Kitchen Carving - including a carrot flute, apple candle and onion flower;
The Natural World - including a bird feeder and instructions to prepare a fish for cooking, a graft an apple tree.
The projects cater for a range of skill levels and the instructions are complemented by smart step-by-step illustrations, which highlight the tactile quality of the material in hand. The book also includes an introduction with advice on selecting a penknife, maintaining your blade, choosing your caving material, and carving techniques.
Featuring the ultimate crossover of cool craftsmanship and savvy survival-skill projects, this book is the perfect gift for creative adventurers.
Matt Collins is a writer and hoticultural consultant with a particular interest in the subjects of trees and landscape. Linking an extensive arboricultural knowledge with his passion for traditional hand carving, Matt has developed a close relationship with wood as both a living and crafting medium.