Tuesday, 29 September 2009


Whittling is the art of carving shapes out of raw wood with a knife.

Whittling is typically performed with a light, small-bladed knife, usually a pocket knife. Specialised whittling knives are available as well. They have thick handles which are easier to grip for long periods allowing precise control and pressure.

Occasionally the terms “whittling” and “carving” are used interchangeably, but they are different arts. Carving employs the use of chisels, gouges, and a mallet, while whittling involves only the use of a knife. These days whittling is mainly a hobby and not a living as it used to be before carving machines were invented.

1 comment:

  1. Hello from San Francisco!
    My name is Derek. My wife Lauren and I own a store here called the Curiosity Shoppe ( I couldn't find any contact information for you guys, so I'm hoping you'll get this comment and write me back.
    I love your Club and thought it would be fun to feature some work of your members here in the Shoppe. We could set up a little display of a few select pieces (for sale if you're up for it) with a little card for the Bleeding Thumb Whittling Club with your website (again, if you're up for it). Just seems like a nice fun lovely thing to have in the Shoppe. If this sounds like fun, please email me:

    Happy Whittling (and Bleeding)!