now I KNOW I'm doing penence for making fun of the "W"
word (that would be whittling), which makes no sense to me being
Southern Baptist, doing penence that is. Besides, I learned
a while back with Sally and David Nyes' fan birds not to take
whittling lightly. So what did I do at the carving club
the other day when one of the members brought a half completed
twig rooster to me and asked for help with the tail.
He couldn't carve the feathers so they curved. "No
problem." says I, " This won't take long".... Dumb,
dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, and dumb! But, how hard could it
be? We have seen Chris Lubkemann's twig roosters in countless
Branching Out articles
in Chip Chats. We
have seen his earlier book on carving them in Whittling Twigs and Branches.
Two years ago the luckier ones saw him carve them in person at
the Woodcarver's Conference in Kitchener, On. Watching him
I decided I needed to know what he ate for breakfast, because
he had the energy of three six-year-olds. Then to really
make it embarrassing I had just taped (and viewed) his TV episode
from the DIY channel. So how did it turn out? Fifteen minutes
later I had wasted this carver's carefully selected twig, and
managed to do the same arrow straight, right down the grain feathers
he already knew how to carve. To make a short story long,
like I usually do... polixic is the term I believe, I went back
to the DIY episode and figured it out, sort of. The birds
still need work since it seems to have some feather rot disease,
but at least they curl now dang it! Then a day later I get
my next book review projects in the mail, and what has Matt sent
me?... Chris Lubkemann's next book, The
Little Book of Whittling... like I said, I'm doing penence.
Well, the book is
exactly as described on the front cover, a method for "Passing
Time on the Trail, on the Porch, and Under the Stars", and
the back cover where it invites you to "Relax the Old Fashioned
Way". The photography by Greg Heisey is good and the
step-by-steps are more than adequate. The step-by-steps
are sometimes only a page and a half, but this works because these
are very easy and fun projects. What's not in the table
of contents are all the tip boxes that are spinkled throughout
the book. Each is a little gem which matches the carving
project at hand. For example, a brief "slice"
of Swiss army knife history when you're carving a knife,
recipes for trail snack and GORP while you're carving a walking
stick, and a list of "best baits" and "how to bait
a hook" in the chapter on carving a jumping fish.
A brief tour:
As in a knife carved from wood (good letter opener)
Like for pieces of cheese.
I would be tempted to drill holes in it for a flute ;-).
More photos from the book HERE.
Keep on Carvin'
Mike Bloomquist is a carver and carving teacher, and a regular contributor to WOM.
You may visit Mike's web site, Wooden Dreams Woodcarving HERE or email him at m.bloomquistATverizonDOTnet.