I’m not really sure what the difference is between wood working and whittling is. However, I’ve been doing some projects which feel more like woodwork. I think that’s because it uses more tools (although I’ve been banned from buying anything new so I’m stuck with the basics – and no power tools other than a drill) and perhaps involves putting more than one piece of wood together. Either way it’s an excuse for another post on the blog.

So last night I made a gavel for a friend who chairs meetings that I go to. Two bits from the same branch done with a saw, a chisel and mallet and a LOT of sand paper.

This morning I had an unhappy boy on my hands who was upset that he didn’t have a “hammer”. Cue another trip to the garage and some more chiselling and sanding and I ended up with Thor’s Hammer. It’s currently being ignored and lying out in the rain. The things we do for our kids eh?

Time – medium to long (there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of short carving projects)

Equipment – There are loads of things out there that you can buy but basically you will need your whittling knife, a saw, a hand chisel or two and possibly a mallet. I also found the drill was useful.

Cost – ££ – ££££

Difficulty – low to extreme (depending on the size and intricacies of each project).

Partner annoyance factor – Moderate mainly due to the time things take to complete

Family – not really one for the kids although they do get a lot of nice trinkets to quickly get bored of and discard. 

Rewards – Moderate to high. I got quite al lot out of making these, however, I’ve found some projects quite frustrating when things go wrong. I guess I just need more practice (and less hobbies).