Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling (Hardcover)
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Whittle a beautiful spoon, comb, pair of dice, and more with this fresh introduction to a folksy craft. Carve modernizes a mindful hobby that people have turned to for generations to help them slow down, relax, and connect with the outdoors. Choose from a dozen projects with bespoke details, all are designed to be useful at home or while camping. And because these objects are small, they require only a few hours and a tool or two to complete. You'll also learn how to choose the right knife and wood, helpful information on techniques and safety, and tips for refining, personalizing and maintaining your piece. Whether you're headed to the woods or just to the porch, this pocket-sized guide will have you carving your own unique designs in no time.
About the Author
Named one of Country Living's 100 Most Creative People, product designer and maker MELANIE ABRANTES runs her own wooden spoon carving workshops in Oakland, California, and sells her designs in small shops and retail stores nationwide, including Urban Outfitters, Need Supply Co., and West Elm. She's been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Anthology, Domino magazine, Dwell, Sunset, and Bon Appétit.
"Carve takes striking wood projects and teaches you how to make them at home with your own hands . . . The step-by-step photos make the end result feel attainable, and the gorgeous imagery makes you feel like it wouldn't even matter if it isn't."
Praise for Melanie Abrantes:
She loves to make objects that are as practical as they are elegant — which is why we adore here."
--Brit + Co
"A crafty Jane-of-all-trades [who] specializes in handcrafting a plethora of one-of-a-kind goods, ranging from cork planters to wood bowls and vessels."
"[Melanie's] commitment to sustainably farmed materials coupled with her genuine curiosity keeps her one-of-a-kind bowls, plates, cups, and planters constantly changing."
--Better Homes and Gardens