Looking for an outdoor hobby to engage your children and encourage them to be crafty and creative? Wood carving is not only easy to learn and fun to do, but almost everything you need to get started can be found for free — right outside your door!
Together you can craft a tumbling tower game, a racing car toy, a dolphin necklace or even a handy coat hook! With more than fifty activities at levels for beginners and up, children can create something useful, beautiful or fun (often all three!) out of wood.
Learning wood carving not only helps to improve children’s concentration, creativity and dexterity, it’s also invaluable in teaching them how to handle knives safely.
Children will be thrilled to learn woodland skills, while nature-loving parents will enjoy rediscovering the lost art of whittling with their kids.
Table of Contents
Finding a whittling knife
Where to find fresh branches
Whittling away from the body
Whittling towards the body
Saws and garden shears
Whittling and reading
Bird made from a single branch
Bird with a feathery tail
Bird made from the end of a branch
Pigs and dogs
Fence with string or rails
Tower of Hanoi
The four confounding squares
Spinning top with handle and pull string
Frank Egholm is a lecturer, author and former woodwork teacher who worked for many years at the Rudolf Steiner School in Vordingborg, Denmark. Frank also designs and develops his own wooden toys and games, and is married to the illustrator Lillian Egholm.