So here goes. My first proper entry. Actually, I’m writing this at my desk at work while I’m waiting for my first patient and even the process of doing this is giving me a great deal of pleasure in advance of the day’s onslaught. Once things are more established, I plan for this to be more of a weekly / weekend project that has one quality entry per week. We’ll see how that goes?

Anyway, in the last couple of weeks I’ve turned my hand to whittling. I’m not really sure what’s brought this about but it’s probably got something to do with the endless sticks that my son collects every time we go for a walk! Originally, I would just sharpen them for using to cook marshmallows but this has blossomed into a bit of an obsession.

When you have a new baby, it’s interesting how much time one spends online shopping (at 2am when there isn’t anything else to do apart from soothe a crying bub). So before I new it, I had a bush knife, sandpaper, whittling tools, a book on whittling, a whetstone and something else to do at 2am! I should point out that I wasn’t holding baby when I was whittling!

Baby Rattle (I think!)
Ok. So I know that this is a little phalic but it’s really a whittling triumph. Basically a ball in a cage made out of a single bit of wood.
A wand for my son.
I believe that buying a wand at a very famous theme park in England costs £35. This cost nothing. However, it took about 4 hours to make so perhaps I should have just worked for 4 hours and then bought a bunch of pre-made ones.

So after reading about the basics, I grabbed a couple of sticks, chopped them up and started to slice, cut, chisel and sand. It wasn’t long before I’d made a letter opener, a butter knife, a garden dinner, a wand (above) and a ball in a cage (which became a sort of weird penis rattle thing).

Anyway, I loved every cut, including the one I made into my thumb. It’s amazing how good superglue is at fixing EVERYTHING. Seriously, if I was on a desert island and could only take one thing it would be an axe. However if I could take two things I’d also take gaffer tape. But if I could take three things, I would take antibiotics. However, at some point on this list I would take superglue. It’s great.

But I digress. The point I’m making is that this is a brilliant hobby. It’s wonderfully therapeutic and also relatively cheap. The other great benefit is going on walks to find a variety of wood that’s worth whittling. That’s probably the best part. Either way, I think this has been a great discovery and I hope people out there will try this when they have some spare time and see if there is some merit this past time.

Enjoy!