These are great for beginner wood carvers or as gifts for your carving friends. Each cutout measures approximately 4″ x 5″ x 2″ thick and is made from quality basswood.
Whittling Kits with Scale Models Include: Basswood blank cut in two profiles; Carving guide lines marked on different faces of blank; 3 dimensional plastic scale model for reference; Printed ‘Helpful Hints’
These Whittling Kits with Scale Models are great for beginner wood carvers or as gifts for your carving friends. Each cutout measures approximately 4″ x 5″ x 2″ thick and is made from quality basswood.
Whittling Kits with Scale Models include:
Basswood blank cut in two profiles; Carving guide lines marked on different faces of blank; 3 dimensional plastic scale model for reference; Printed ‘Helpful Hints’
You should consider a safety carving glove if you don’t already have one.
You wear it on the hand that will hold the wood to protect yourself.
Whittling Safety, or How Not To Get Blood All Over Your Project
The first time I attempted some serious whittling (not just carving a twig into a spear point), I kind of went at it with reckless abandon. I thought, “Hey, I’ve used knives my whole life. I’m pretty sure I can carve this piece of wood without coming close to cutting myself.”
Pride goeth before the fall.
About five minutes in, the knife blade slipped from the wood and went right into my thumb, opening up a nice-sized cut. I pressed on, but I ended up getting blood all over my project. Another ten minutes in, the blade skipped off a knot and glanced my index finger. More blood. At this point, my wood was slippery with hemoglobin, so I had to stop.
To avoid the same bloody fate as me, I offer the following whittling safety tips:
Take it slow. No need to rush! Whittling is supposed to be relaxing and meditative. When you get in a hurry with your cuts, that’s when accidents happen. Make every cut slow and controlled.
Keep your knife sharp. Obeying the first rule of whittling will not only ensure better cuts, it will also ensure that you keep all your fingers. Instead of cutting, dull blades have a tendency to glance off the wood and head right towards your hand. While the blade might not be sharp enough to cut wood, it’s usually still sharp enough to cut human flesh.
Wear gloves when you first start. Until you get comfortable with the different knife strokes, I’d recommend wearing a pair of leather work gloves when your first start whittling. Yes, the gloves feel a little cumbersome at first, but you quickly adjust.
If you don’t wear gloves, use a thumb pad. The thumb on your knife-holding hand tends to get the brunt of the nicks and glances. To protect your thumb, wear a thumb pad. They’re really cheap–you can buy leather thumb pads on Amazon for about $1.50. The problem with these is when they wear out, you’ll have to buy another set. Another solution that works just as well is duct tape.
Before you start whittling, simply wrap your knife-holding thumb with duct tape. To avoid getting sticky stuff on your thumb, use this technique:
◾Wrap one layer of duct tape around your thumb with the sticky side facing out. Wrap it tight enough so it won’t slip off, but not so tight that you lose circulation to your thumb.
◾Then wrap a couple of layers of duct tape around your thumb with the sticky side facing in. Four or five layers should do the trick.
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