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    So i just started getting into whittling a few months ago and I picked up a Swiss army knife, the finger guards, and this book,

    Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Book of Whittling: 43 Easy Projects and this wood set

    Walnut Hollow 10 Piece Whittlers Carving Kit

    But I seem to be stuck none of the projects in the book seem to work for the woodblocks and I can't find any branches that work for any of the projects in the book so I'm stuck any ideas on what supplies or literature I could get to help?

  • #2
    I've found it does take a little time to develop the basic skill set, but once you do then things take off rapidly. There are a bunch of beginner YouTube videos that are very helpful...just search. It all depends on the type of carving you want to do and that will determined over time...relief, chip, etc.

    I liked the Mike Shipley books and the Refsal Scandinavian books.

    Gene Messer has a lot of great YouTube videos and "sharonmyart," plus others.
    Living among knives and fire.


    • #3
      Here is a list of Gene Messer's:
      Living among knives and fire.


      • #4
        Welcome Aboard! You will find this 'Site' very helpful,
        just ask and you will get some great answers!
        Good Luck,


        • #5
          Gene Messer and Mike Shipley are good places to start. Check out Arlene Zomer at carverswoodshop on youtube. She sells her project DVD's for $10.00. She is very creative, and you can carve along with the DVD.

          I don't want to burst your bubble, but I would invest in a better carving knife than what you have. You will have much better success with a good knife set up for carving, and I would think be less frustrated in the long run. Use your Swiss Army knife for other things, and invest in a good Helvie, OCC Tools, Deepwoods or other good quality knife for your whittling adventures.

          Just my .02!
          Last edited by tbox61; 08-11-2017, 03:04 PM.


          • #6
            First I would say walnut is not a wood to start with save it for later projects. Bass wood is much easyer to learn on. Here is a site with a lot of Gene Messer how to video. I hope the will be helpful.




            • #7
              I'm in the like boat but I'm moving fast. :-) it has been 60 years since I carved (have one item on the shelf from those days) and am in the process of making Christmas Tree ornaments Which includes balls, rolls and lots of shapes. I'll have to list the number of items - it seems ample for the small tree for the Library and my play/work room. Small bird and stars and ..... Watch UTube videos and get some techniques down and walk before you run! I'm on a tricycle myself, awaiting a two wheeler with training wheels and then a 'rad' mountain bike. Mad Scientist again.


              • #8
                Randy, I believe the Walnut Hollow kit IS Basswood. And, I agree with tbox61 that one should start with a better carving knife.


                • #9
                  I think the "walnut" in Walnut Hollow was the confusing factor. I'll have to also suggest a better carving knife and it will make a world of difference...but you also have to learn a sharpening technique.
                  Living among knives and fire.



                  • #10
                    The OP asked for project ideas. The OP needs to learn to sustain "carving sharp edges" which are a step above shaving arm proteins
                    which is all that is asked of a new and dull razor blade.

                    Project: Can somebody remember who carved a whole aquarium of tropical fish, plants and coral? I can't. Amazing designs and paint.
                    What's in books is the lower limit to what you can do. Everything else is your own.

                    This is the same as watercolor painting. You cannot match what you see without the top quality brushes, paints and papers.
                    Buy a couple of good tools, keep them carving sharp. Work in good wood and enjoy what you do.


                    • #11
                      Check around. Basswood can be found a good deal cheaper.