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Wood Whittling is a past time enjoyed by many generations, and it is the perfect project for kids. If you are new to wood whittling, there are a few basic principles that will make sure you start with good technique and safe practices.
Before you begin carving your wood, you must first determine the grain (the growth patterns in the wood). It is important to hold your wood block and whittling knife properly.  If you are right-handed, your left hand will hold the piece of wood and your right hand will hold the knife. Here is a perfect Beginners Whittling Project to get you started and to provide perfect practice for your technique.

This entry was posted in Imagine Indoors and tagged adventure for boys, JM Cremps, project for kids, whittling kits, whittling projects, wood carving sets, wood carving supply, wood whittling, woodworking projects for kids. My almost-9-year-old son wants to learn how to whittle with a practical goal in mind: he wants to make a wooden sword.
Put your LEFT thumb on the back of the blade and the blade against the wood at slight angle to the block. When you are carving opposite the direction of the grain, you are carving against the grain.  This is important, so if you don’t understand “grain” ask an adult to clarify it for you. Your LEFT thumb will push the blade forward and your right hand will guide the blade along the wood.  Never push the blade forward with your right hand because you will not be able to control the blade.

When you feel that they are able to handle the soap and knife well, then they may be ready to move onto a real block of wood and whittling knife.

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