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Dear Whittler or Woodworker. We welcome you to the Whittling Guide. Our goal is that this becomes every visitor’s home. We are an ever-growing repository of knowledge and resources geared towards those who love creating amazing things using wood. Whether you are considering a new tool or looking at a new technique, this should be the place to find it. If for whatever reason you cannot find it GET IN TOUCH with us.

Carving Fig Wood | A Genius’ Guide

Are you thinking of carving fig wood? Fig wood is a tough and durable wood that can substitute for mahogany, red cedar, and other premium wood species. It is a type of species native to the Mediterranean region but used as a wood species for thousands of years. It is an ancient wood species that…

Carving Lilac Wood | A Smart Guy’s Guide

I have been looking for a good way of carving lilac wood since my grandpa passed away several years ago. I have always been fascinated by wood and the process of carving. The first time I tried to carve lilac wood I was confident that I had cut the first slice.  I had chiseled away…

Carving Magnolia Wood

Carving Magnolia wood is a complex act. Whether it’s because of the dirty old tools or because it’s not the easiest thing to carve, this is one of the most difficult woods to work with. Yet, if you take your time and work slowly, you can get some good results. This post will give you…

Carving Elmwood | What I Wish I knew

Have you ever tried to carve a piece of elmwood, only to be hampered by its complexity and difficulty? I am going to show you how to make elmwood carving more of a breeze.  Get the basics down first, and you’ll be ready to make some great carving projects.  I’ll show you all the tools…

Carving Ginkgo Wood

The Ginkgo is a hard, drought-resistant tree that has found a new place in urban settings as a cultivated tree.  It makes furniture, carved objects, housewares, and bowls.  Yet, little information about the properties of its wood is known, which is essential in wood carving, and that is what this article is discussing.  Carving Ginkgo…

Carving Eucalyptus Wood | The Ins and Outs of It

Eucalyptus is a unique and beautiful wood. It has an exciting texture and takes on so many different looks because of the unique way it grows. And the unique way it alters the way it reacts to chemical and physical changes. It is a fascinating wood, and we will be producing a tutorial on how…

How to Sharpen a Skew Chisel

Start by wearing your safety glasses when sharpening a skew chisel. Now turn on the grinder and let it come to speed. At this point, you can put the tool on the grinding wheel, and there is no need to apply any pressure.  Let the wheel do the rest of the work. The powerful grinding…

How to Chisel Door Latch Plate

Start by marking the location of the latch on the door jamb to locate the string plate. Use a chisel to route out the marked outline. Remove excess material and drill holes for the handle. Steps Start by installing the lock or lockset onto the door before you start following the instructions. Make sure the…