Hi, I am Enrique B Pauly as an Outdoor and Survival Expert. Today I am describing a wonder a wonder a modern and old art fashion in online biggest platform trending stories . Now a days you must saw that many kinds of whittling materials like toy, spoon, boat, fish and many more.

The most important thing about wood whittling is the desire to learn as well as create and with time, you’ll be a good whittler. However, to start whittling, you should;

  1. Choose the wood types

In whittling, there are two types of wood use namely; softwood and hardwood. But, since beginners have little or no experience in carving; the best wood to use would be softwood especially basswood. It’s the best wood for anyone starting whittling while they learn new-techniques as well as carving styles.

Advantages of using softwood vs. Hardwood

  • Hardwoods are difficult to cut but softwoods are rather forgiving; they are very easy to cut.
  • Since hardwoods are difficult to cut, you’ll need to sharpen the knife more frequently to get nice cuts easily. Unlike in softwoods; they are more malleable thus, can be carved easily with little effort henceforth; you’ll not need to sharpen your equipment as frequent like in the case when using a hardwood.

Types of wood;

  • Softwoods; Basswood, butternut, Balsa, and Twigs & Branches.
  • Hardwood; oak, Mahogany e.t.c

Therefore, as a beginner, the most suitable wood for you is softwood such as basswood, balsa or butternut since they are much easier to cut. However, pay more attention to the wood-grain; woods with straight wood-grain are much-easier to cut even without chipping away.

  1. Choose the project type

Beginners are advised to start with easy projects. There are various whittling books for beginners that have easy projects with much detail that you can accomplish. Apart from whittling books, you can also use online resources to learn on how to whittle.

  1. Look for the right knife

For a starter, you can either use a pocket knife or special whittling knife for whittling. But, it’s recommended to purchase a whittling knife from stores that specializes thus, in making carving knives. Don’t be lured to buy your whittling knife from big name stores, it does not guarantee how effective the knife will work.

A Knife is one of the very essential tools in whittling. Therefore, an ideal whittling knife should have a sharp hardened-steel blade thus, with a large and comfortable-handle. In addition, the best whittling knife handle should be made from resin as well as has an ergonomic-shape so as to fit well into the hand. Reasons being, it helps reduce hand-fatigue as well as allow users to whittle for longer duration of time.

  1. Identify the carving style of your choice or that you’re most-interested in.

The most used wood carving style by beginners is hand carving. Often, it is used for carving shapes as well as figures. In addition, another wood-carving style used in whittling is chip carving. It is used to create geometrical and symmetrical designs in wood-planks simply by chipping-out materials from the lumber.

How to cut the-wood;

After you have chosen your preferred wood and knife; the next step is to learn how to cut the wood using your whittling knife. This is how you’ll do it’ first; hold the handle of your whittling knife firmly as possible while you extend your thumb. The thumb will act as a pivot and will guide the blade over your wood. Thereafter, go in the wood grain direction and not against it thus; it’s always easier to cut as well as carve through whittling woods this way.

While using your hand thus, as the focal point; you’ll have the control over the whittling knife and a guaranteed necessary force will be provided to whittle with precision. However, remember to keep your blade sharp. It is important for your whittling knife to be sharp at all times while whittling thus; the first and most essential rule when it comes to whittling.

Some of the cutting styles any beginner is required to master as a basic technique used in whittling include;

  1. Straightaway Rough Cut
  2. Pull Stroke
  3. Push Stroke

Safety Precautions;

  • Always sharpen your whittling knife before as well as after every use thus; using sharpening stones meant for whittling. But also remember that sharp Knives should be used carefully as they may cause accidents when not properly used. However, dull blades are also more dangerous as well.

When a knife’s blade is blunt, you’ll have to use more pressure for it to cut as required thus, it may cause accidents as you are likely to loss control over the knife. It can slip easily to end up causing injuries that could have been avoided when the blade was sharpened appropriately. In addition, any damage in a blunt knife may render your knife incapable of using.

  • Wear Protection Gear such as thumb protection cover to protect your thumb while whittling.

Best Whittling Tips

  • Often use short blades that are not more than 1.5 inches. The shorter the blades thus, the more control you’ll have over your whittling since your hand tend to be closer to the wood.
  • Before you start whittling, learn to draw your pattern or design by using a pencil. This will act as a guideline.
  • Go slowly using small steps.
  • As a beginner always use softwoods and not hardwoods. Softwoods are much easier to cut than hardwood.
  • The slides shouldn’t be too big and fit-comfortably in your hands. Always work with slides that measure around four inches or more.


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