Best Books To Learn Woodcarving and Whittling

May 22, 2019 | Carving, Woodworking | 0 comments

Whether it’s intricate scroll work on a classic piece of furniture or whittling a stray branch by the campfire, woodcarving has been around ever since the invention of tools. 

An art form in of itself, woodcarving is a skill and talent practised around the world by both young and old. From the majestic totems of Native America to the intricate carvings of Chinese culture, carving wood into pieces of art has become a way of expressing oneself.

With almost no barrier to entry other than a piece of wood and a sharp knife, whittling and woodcarving can be a relaxing hobby or a lucrative business. Of course, task-oriented knives, chisels and power tools allow for incredibly detailed creations that leave people in awe. Regardless of your reasons or skill level, we here at Best Books For Creatives want to share our book choices to help you enjoy and get better at this immersive pastime.

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Our Top Pick

Our Top Pick for the best book to learn woodcarving and whittling is 20-Minute Whittling Projects by Tom Hindes, published by Fox Chapel Publishing. Tom’s book lets you discover the fast and simple way to whittle in a fun introduction to woodcarving.

One of the joys of whittling with a pocket knife is that you can do it just about anywhere. Hindes demonstrates easy-to-learn methods for whittling figurines from wood in only 20 minutes. Filled with super-short projects, 20-Minute Whittling Projects contains super-short projects made up of step-by-step photos that are perfect for learning basic carving skills. It’s an excellent entry-level book for those wanting to learn whittling as well as a great idea generator for more experienced carvers.

Here is our list of the best books to learn woodcarving and whittling.

If you know of any good woodcarving or whittling books aimed at beginners that we’ve missed, please be sure to share it in the comments below.

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