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Easy Wood Carving for Children

Fun Whittling Projects for Adventurous Kids

Translated by Anna Cardwell
Frank Egholm
September 2018
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    4th September 2018
  • ISBN 9781782505150
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 9"

Wood carving is a great hobby for creative and crafty kids—easy to learn, fun to do, plus almost everything you need to get started is free—right outside your door! Together, you can craft a tumbling tower game, a racing-car toy, a dolphin necklace, or even a handy coat hook!

With more than fifty activities at levels for beginners and up, children can create things out of wood that are useful, beautiful, or fun (often all three!). Learning wood carving not only helps to improve children's concentration, creativity, eye-hand coordination, and dexterity, it's also invaluable in teaching them how to handle knives safely.

Adventurous children will be thrilled to learn woodland skills, and nature-loving parents will enjoy rediscovering the lost art of whittling with their kids.

Included is a section on practical steps to get started and advice on knife safety with children.

(Ages 6–12 years)

C O N T E N T S:

Difficulty levels
Whittling guidelines

Getting started
Finding a whittling knife
Protective gear
Where to find fresh branches
Dry wood

Wood-carving techniques
Whittling away from the body
Whittling towards the body

Practical tips
Sharpening knives
Saws and garden shears
Splitting wood
Colouring wood
Sanding wood
Carving seat
Whittling and reading

Animal figures
Bird made from a single branch
Bird with a feathery tail
Bird made from the end of a branch
Lifelike bird
Pigs and dogs
Fence with string or rails

Pig throwing
Game pieces
Tower of Hanoi
The four confounding squares

Racing car
Spinning tops
Spinning top with handle and pull string
Whittled top
Acorn top
Willow bark flute
Weighing scales
Theatre with figures
A small theatre
Sound sticks
Building blocks
Woodland landscape
Ball-in-a-cage rattle
Skier and drummer
Jack in the box
Seesaw toy

Sliding adjustable knot
Heart pendant
Sword pendant
Dolphin pendant or earring
Miniature rattle pendant

Home and Garden
Plant labels
Friendly will-o’-the-wisps
Fir tree
Picture frame
Straw flowers
Whittling bark
Pulled fiber broom
Kitchen roll holder
Hollowing out a branch
Egg cup
Refrigerator magnets
Small signs
Knobs and coat hooks
Wall hooks
Key rings
Crocodile clothes peg
Shrunken box
Marking gauge

Frank Egholm

Frank Egholm is a lecturer, author and former woodwork teacher who worked for many years at the Rudolf Steiner School in Vordingborg, Denmark.He designs and develops his own wooden toys and games. Frank is married to the illustrator Lillian Egholm.