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The SAK Whittling Club 25664

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #60 on: April 20, 2012, 04:31:38 AM »
Here are some pix of the completed "Kukri Spreader."

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #61 on: April 20, 2012, 04:32:53 AM »
Here's the progress so far on the poker. (drink stirrer)

I screwed up the rooster head on one end. So I started again on the other end. I figure the bad rooster will be whittled off anyway ;)

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #62 on: April 20, 2012, 04:40:23 AM »
A little larger and you can call it a Spurtle :D
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #63 on: April 20, 2012, 04:51:10 AM »
A little larger and you can call it a Spurtle :D

 ???

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #64 on: April 20, 2012, 05:01:46 AM »
A Scottish implement used for torturing oatmeal  :D - Images
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #65 on: April 21, 2012, 09:47:37 PM »
I finished up the stirrer just now. It started out as a poker from the book, but then I realized I have no need for a poker. So I changed it into a stirrer for the rum 'n cokes that Kate and I like to drink to unwind at the end of the day.

I started this one with the Hiker. Finished it just now with the Recruit.

The Recruit is certainly more comfortable, but the Hiker, with it's saw, is more versatile. The awl isn't of much use so far. The one time I tried to use it to drill out a stump of a branch, it split the branch.

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #66 on: April 21, 2012, 10:13:51 PM »
Cool a rooster.
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« Reply #67 on: April 22, 2012, 02:21:02 AM »
Awesome thread! I have been whittling with a modified Tinker for the past few months, and have had a blast! Here's a picture of a couple projects done 100% with the Tinker (the owl was done this afternoon after seeing the pattern on this thread!), along with a picture of the modified small blade on my tinker.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #68 on: April 22, 2012, 06:49:52 AM »
I've worked at Scout Camps for 9 summers in total, and at camp I would always be whittling something.  Always with a SAK.

I've done balls and chains, balls in cages, lots of spoons, forks, sporks and foons, I did a different decorative walking stick/staff every year, one with a ball in a cage on top of the staff.

Good times, sadly I never do any whittling here in the real world.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #69 on: April 22, 2012, 07:22:14 AM »
I've worked at Scout Camps for 9 summers in total, and at camp I would always be whittling something.  Always with a SAK.

I've done balls and chains, balls in cages, lots of spoons, forks, sporks and foons, I did a different decorative walking stick/staff every year, one with a ball in a cage on top of the staff.

Good times, sadly I never do any whittling here in the real world.

It sounds like you've done enough at scout camps to make up for it. Chains and balls in cages seem like a ton of work.

Maybe I can talk you into easing back into it here with a simple project. Just start something. :)

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #70 on: April 22, 2012, 07:24:20 AM »
Awesome thread! I have been whittling with a modified Tinker for the past few months, and have had a blast! Here's a picture of a couple projects done 100% with the Tinker (the owl was done this afternoon after seeing the pattern on this thread!), along with a picture of the modified small blade on my tinker.

Lookin' good, gcconspiracy! What's the wood? It looks like Douglas Fir to me. A good choice. Straighter and less knotty and sappy than pine, but still soft enough to not be frustrating.

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« Reply #71 on: April 22, 2012, 07:44:35 AM »
Lookin' good, gcconspiracy! What's the wood? It looks like Douglas Fir to me. A good choice. Straighter and less knotty and sappy than pine, but still soft enough to not be frustrating.

Not sure what the wood is... I just pick up scraps from the "free" pile at the local lumber yard! These two pieces came from an old 2x2. For all I know it could be Doug fir!
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« Reply #72 on: April 25, 2012, 11:41:23 AM »
So did I do this right?
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« Reply #73 on: April 25, 2012, 01:57:18 PM »
Looks right to me.

-Jeremy
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #74 on: April 27, 2012, 02:30:10 PM »
Finished the fork the other day. Looks tiny, but works well. I think I'll do a spoon next.


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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #75 on: April 30, 2012, 08:03:43 AM »
I have been really wanting to try my hand at whittling, but have been busy lately and it just slipped my mind. I think I might make a wood run tomorrow.

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #76 on: April 30, 2012, 12:21:58 PM »
I made a wood run yesterday, during a walk through the forest preserve with my mom and baby. They have cleared the saplings at the edge of the trail, so there's some nice, relatively green wood just ripe for the taking. (green wood whittles better. Dried sugar maple or birch, for instance, are murder to whittle. But green is actually really nice!)

I've got a wide enough piece to make the spoon now.

-Jeremy
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #77 on: April 30, 2012, 07:53:49 PM »
My problem is I am not very experienced when it comes to identifying trees which would be good wood for whittling.  :think:

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #78 on: April 30, 2012, 08:21:01 PM »
My problem is I am not very experienced when it comes to identifying trees which would be good wood for whittling.  :think:

You just need the right tutorial:


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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #79 on: April 30, 2012, 08:39:18 PM »
Now i'm ready. lol

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #80 on: April 30, 2012, 09:24:06 PM »
My problem is I am not very experienced when it comes to identifying trees which would be good wood for whittling.

Avoid pine and oak. Just about anything else is good. Green is easier. If there aren't recently-cut branches on the ground for you to just pick up somewhere, trim one off that is in the way anyhow and use that. (like reaching toward your house, or overhanging a sidewalk too low, etc.)

I got my latest batch of branches in the forest preserve yesterday; they had cut all the saplings back from the pea gravel trail, and just threw them into the woods. So off I went with my Hiker, saw deployed and ready for action.

Consider buying the book I recommended on Page 1: "The Little Book of Whittling." It is well worth the $10, and the author dedicates a few pages to species and where to find the wood. He also gives step-by-step instructions on how to whittle each of the projects I've done so far. (spreader, fork, poker) Check out the free preview on Amazon, and you'll get a good taste of it.

-Jeremy
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #81 on: April 30, 2012, 10:38:36 PM »
Thank you for the great info Smaug. I definitely need to get my head in some books and do some studying. I actually wen't to a craft store today and picked up some wood specifically for whittling. I am in the process of my first real whittling project and am loving it so far. I am using a VIC Spartan for the first go as it had a large blade and small blade which turns out is working well. I will keep everyone updated.  :tu:

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #82 on: May 04, 2012, 07:46:53 PM »
My problem is I am not very experienced when it comes to identifying trees which would be good wood for whittling.  :think:
Try this. I like maple, green is soft and it gets very hard and strong as it dries.

It's a shame you guys don't live close, I am constantly burning maple saplings and small branches just to get rid of them. They grow like weeds here. Then again, if you lived near me (Maine) you wouldn't need mine  :-\

For those who don't have a ready supply of local wood: if you search Amazon for basswood, there's a lot of selections.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #83 on: May 04, 2012, 07:49:51 PM »
Ok, Im off work sick today, so maybe I can give whittling a shot.  I found a chunk of basswood I had saved.  Im going to try doing that chain one, not practical for anything, but it looks neat to say you make a chain from a single piece of wood I think. 

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« Reply #84 on: May 04, 2012, 09:17:29 PM »
I whittled this eagle's head last night with my Tinker. It is out of some sort of bark I found on the beach, and I really did very little to it, mostly just worked with the natural shape of the piece.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #85 on: May 04, 2012, 09:58:13 PM »
Very nice work, gcconspiracy. That makes me think of what Michaelangelo said about seeing shapes in the marble, just wanting to be released.

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #86 on: May 04, 2012, 11:23:45 PM »
Well I have been doing a bit  of whittling over the last few days. I was going to do the egg shape to hone my whittling skills, but half way through I decided (more or less) that a wooden ball would work out as well. I am just about done, it just needs some fine tuning and its done. I have pictures of the progress and will post it here when I finish it.  :tu:

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Re: Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #87 on: May 04, 2012, 11:48:07 PM »
I whittled this eagle's head last night with my Tinker. It is out of some sort of bark I found on the beach, and I really did very little to it, mostly just worked with the natural shape of the piece.

Nice work!!

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #88 on: May 08, 2012, 12:28:14 AM »




I modified a Tinker as suggested and used it to carve a whistle. I still wonder if I should have just stuck with a Pioneer Settler. ;)

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #89 on: May 08, 2012, 02:41:32 AM »
Nice work Donald! Does the whistle work?

I don't know about you, but I think that first book of his SUCKS! Nothing but goddamn branch chickens.

I'm so glad he wrote the second one.

-Jeremy
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