My dad has taught me a lot about tools. Clamps, saws, razors, the list goes on. I’ve cut boomerangs and necklaces out of thin sheets of wood, but I’ve never tried whittling before.
It’s always great to have ideas of your own, but still it never hurts to learn from crafting books. I got this beginners’ book that has a bunch of different designs and knickknacks that you can try whittling, some from little blocks of basswood.
Neither of these two carvings are from the book. These are ideas I got from some google images, to start me off simpler. The wolf is pretty much done, but still I like to touch it up a little and see if I can make it a little better. And I’m currently working on the bear (not using the mallet and chisel for this one). Making a lot of progress! Maybe, lord willing, in a few months I’ll be able to start making little statues for my desk or bookshelves.
May have to start posting more pictures/details as I go along!