Whittling Walking Sticks (Hardback)
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Whittling Walking Sticks (Hardback)

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£14.99
Hardback 136 Pages
Published: 11/06/2024
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Whittling Walking Sticks introduces the relaxing and traditional craft of whittling with 10 carved animal heads to mount on walking sticks. 

Explore making personalised walking sticks with seasoned woodcarver, Peter Benson. Intricately carved and infused with character, this charming collection of 10 whittled stick toppers is perfect for would-be whittlers and those with some whittling experience who wish to hone their skills. The main tools you’ll need, plus the basic techniques and how to perform them safely are all covered in a clear and easy-to-follow way. There are also fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for each project. Decorative yet useful, these whittled walking sticks make wonderful gifts for nature lovers and are a great introduction to the delightful and enjoyable craft of whittling.

Projects include: fox, eagle, kingfisher dog, cheetah and frog.

Publisher: GMC Publications
ISBN: 9781784946753
Number of pages: 136
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm


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The book begins with an overview of all the tools and materials you’ll need to get started. Whittling is a very accessible craft and can be done with any sharp knife and a small set of palm gouges for adding detail. Peter also explains how to sharpen your tools, source and prepare the walking stick shaft, prepare a blank and join the stick head to the shaft. Different ways of adding eyes to animal walking stick heads are also described in detail so you can choose the method that best suits you and your subject. If you’re new to carving and walking stick making, then the simple Thumb Stick is the ideal place to start. Following that are designs for 10 animal themed walking stick toppers, including an otter, duck, polar bear and eagle. The projects range in complexity but are all clearly set out with step-by-step photographs and instructions. Each one can also be customised to suit your style, taste and level of experience. You can adjust the poses of the animals’ heads, add lots of texture or very little, paint them or leave the wood natural, carve the eyes or add glass ones – the choice is yours but you can be guided by Peter’s advice. A gallery of finished walking sticks at the back of the book offers even more inspiration. All of this makes Whittling Walking Sticks an excellent addition to the library of woodcarvers of all levels of experience. - Woodcarving magazine

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