Easy Wood Carving for Children

Fun Whittling Projects for Adventurous Kids

Frank Egholm; Translated by Anna Cardwell

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Quick Look

  • Packed with ideas to fuel your child's creative energy and help them find a new outdoor hobby this season
  • Wood carving can help improve concentration, creativity and dexterity
  • Help parents share hygge and lagom values with their kids with this on-trend hobby
  • Includes 180 colour illustrations and easy to follow step-by-step instructions

Wood carving is the perfect outdoor hobby for adventurous children. Teach them how to make toys, games and even jewellery with more than fifty fun whittling and wood carving projects, each fully illustrated with easy-to-follow instructions.

195 x 178 mm
Floris Books
Crafts & Activities
180 colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 6 to 12 years
136 pages
Publication date:
16 Aug 2018


Looking for an outdoor hobby to engage your children and encourage them to be crafty and creative? Wood carving is not only easy to learn and fun to do, but almost everything you need to get started can be found for free -- right outside your door!

Together you can craft a tumbling tower game, a racing car toy, a dolphin necklace or even a handy coat hook! With more than fifty activities at levels for beginners and up, children can create something useful, beautiful or fun (often all three!) out of wood.

Learning wood carving not only helps to improve children's concentration, creativity and dexterity, it's also invaluable in teaching them how to handle knives safely.

Adventurous children will be thrilled to learn woodland skills, while nature-loving parents will enjoy rediscovering the lost art of whittling with their kids.

Table of Contents

Difficulty levels
Whittling guidelines
Getting started
Finding a whittling knife
Protective gear
Where to find fresh branches
Dry wood
Wood carving
Whittling away from the body
Whittling towards the body
Practical tips
Sharpening knives
Saws and garden shears
Splitting wood
Colouring wood
Sanding wood
Carving seat
Whittling and reading

Animal figures
Bird made from a single branch
Bird with a feathery tail
Bird made from the end of a branch
Lifelike bird

Pigs and dogs
Fence with string or rails
Pig throwing
Game pieces
Tower of Hanoi
The four confounding squares
Racing car
Spinning tops
Spinning top with handle and pull string
Whittled top


Frank Egholm is a lecturer, author and former woodwork teacher who worked for many years at the Rudolf Steiner School in Vordingborg, Denmark. Frank also designs and develops his own wooden toys and games, and is married to the illustrator Lillian Egholm.

Anna Cardwell is a translator who lives in Edinburgh, UK.

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