Forest Craft: A Child's Guide to Whittling in the Woodland

Forest Craft: A Child's Guide to Whittling in the Woodland

by Richard Irvine


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With an emphasis on safety and adult supervision, Forest Craft presents a range of simple and fun whittling projects that children can make and enjoy hours of play with afterwards. The author, Richard Irvine, extols the virtues of exploring woodlands, getting to know the trees in your local area and learning about their characteristics and suitability for whittling.

  • Projects include kazoo, mini furniture, duck call, rhythm sticks and elder wand.
  • Includes a thorough guide to the basic tools and equipment that are required, the timber he recommends and would advise against for beginners, and the techniques that will be used in the projects.
  • 20 whittling projects, with simple step-by-step instructions accompanied by photographs and useful tips.
  • Includes a chapter on safety and safety tips throughout.

Appealing to both forest school teachers and families, this is a book that can be turned to time and time again, through the different seasons and over many years. The skills learned can be treasured and passed down through generations, in time-honored traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784945008
Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 727,471
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Irvine is a passionate advocate of high-quality outdoor-learning experiences for children and adults. He is a qualified teacher and greenwood carver. Irvine lives in Torrington, Devon, UK.

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 10

Before you start

Tools and equipment 16

Which wood to use 22

Techniques 30

The projects

Elder beads 44

Little pot 48

Mini furniture 54

Duck caller 60

Frog stick 64

Whimmy diddle 70

Elder whistle 74

Kazoo 80

Fairytale fungi 86

Feather sticks 92

A skulk of foxes 98

Whisk 104

Magic elder wand 110

Tiny pine trees 116

Stick people 120

Spanbaum 126

Gypsy flowers 132

Rhythm sticks 136

Elder spud gun 142

Dart gun 146

Finishing and decorating 154

Resources 158

Index 159

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