Whittler's "sloyd" knife for roughing and carving

I wanted to try whittling. This knife is my tool.

I dreamed of carving my own cute wood trinkets in all the spare time I have, so I asked a pal what knife he uses when he whittles. He suggested I start with a "sloyd" knife, a traditional Swedish carving blade.

This video may help:

I also ordered the recommended starter wood: basswood chunks, and after cutting myself I'm awaiting a THUMB GUARD.

Get a thumb guard first.

BeaverCraft, The Best Wood Carving Sloyd Knife for Whittling via Amazon

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Essential tool for spoon whittlers

I got this Morakniv hook knife ($(removed), Amazon) last week so over the weekend I tried it out by making a couple of small spoons. The hook shape makes it easy to whittle out the concave part of the spoon, which is almost impossible to do with a regular knife.

Whittling spoons is fun, and they make nice gifts. I give most of mine away and people remark, years later, that they still use and like them. If you are just getting started - I have two book recommendations: Heirloom Wood: A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls, Boards, and other Homewares, and The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen. Read the rest

Video profile of a professional whittler

Here's a video of professional whittler Chris Lubkemann, author of The Little Book of Whittling. He says, "I started carving these things in the summer of 1966 …. and I can honestly say in 45-and-a-half years I never gotten bored once."

Karen Dexheimer of Fox Chapel Publishing says:

Chris is a very intriguing kind of guy who describes his life simply, "I'm in my woodworking shop most of the time, but during the day I take breaks to do 'goat shows' and occasional demos with the 'country pitching machine' that's anchored to the roof rack of my '94 Ford Escort." (The country pitching machine is a giant sling shot that he enjoys shooting with his grandchildren using chestnuts as ammo.)

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