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Whittling Walking Sticks - Peter Benson

Whittling Walking Sticks

By: Peter Benson, Sara Harper (Editor)

Hardcover | 3 September 2024

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Discover the art of Whittling Walking Sticks with Peter Benson. Dive into the mesmerising world of creating personalised walking sticks with veteran woodcarver Peter Benson's inspiring collection. Featuring a range of 10 intricate and character-filled stick toppers, this enchanting assortment is tailored for aspiring whittlers and those with existing whittling experiences looking to polish their craftsmanship. This book explains: . The fundamental tools required . The basics of whittling . How to carry out each technique with safety Learn to whittle characters, including: . Badger . Cheetah . Dog . Duck . Eagle . Fox . Frog . Kingfisher . Otter . Polar bear Coupled with easy-to-follow, fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for every project, mastering this ancient craft has never been simpler. These whittled walking sticks are not just ornamental pieces but also fully functional, blending practicality with aesthetic appeal perfectly. They make for exceptional presents for those with an affinity for nature or as a charming entry point to the delightful world of whittling. Experience the captivating blend of tradition and creativity in Peter Benson's world of whittling walking sticks. Embark on this fulfilling craft journey today! AUTHOR: Peter Benson set up the Essex School of Woodcarving in 1996. He travels often and runs many workshops overseas as well as judging competitions around the world. He writes regularly for woodcarving journals and is the author of The Art of Carving Netsuke, Whittling Handbook, Woodland Whittling and Whittling Woodland Animals, all published by GMC Publications.
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The book begins with an overview of all the tools and materials you'll need to get started. Whittling is a very accessible craft and can be done with any sharp knife and a small set of palm gouges for adding detail. Peter also explains how to sharpen your tools, source and prepare the walking stick shaft, prepare a blank and join the stick head to the shaft. Different ways of adding eyes to animal walking stick heads are also described in detail so you can choose the method that best suits you and your subject.

If you're new to carving and walking stick making, then the simple Thumb Stick is the ideal place to start. Following that are designs for 10 animal themed walking stick toppers, including an otter, duck, polar bear and eagle. The projects range in complexity but are all clearly set out with step-by-step photographs and instructions. Each one can also be customised to suit your style, taste and level of experience. You can adjust the poses of the animals' heads, add lots of texture or very little, paint them or leave the wood natural, carve the eyes or add glass ones - the choice is yours but you can be guided by Peter's advice. A gallery of finished walking sticks at the back of the book offers even more inspiration. All of this makes Whittling Walking Sticks an excellent addition to the library of woodcarvers of all levels of experience.

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