Whittlers and Carvers - Great book!

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Review by MsDebbieP posted 06-22-2011 03:27 PM 2936 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This book review is from the June-July 2011 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag

Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw!
Whittling Little Folk by Harley Refsal

In the informative yet humorous opening to this great little book, the author discusses the difference between whittling and carving. I would interpret his distinction as “a rose by any other name is still a rose”: it’s all about cutting away pieces of wood.

The book, “Whittling Little Folk” is small in size but big in content! Eighteen projects in total, including two “step-by-step” figures provide examples, tips, and techniques to carve (or whittle) the cutest little characters you have ever seen. One of the “step-by-step” lessons, (creating Kristian, shown in the bottom left of the book cover,) has 42 steps, including photos, demonstrating the process. Very in-depth and easy to follow.

(photo from the foxchapelpublishing site)

My Ratings of The Book

Layout and Appearance: Good balance of photos, how-to instructions, projects. Thumbs Up!

Instructions: Clear information and instructions Thumbs Up!

Projects Selection: A wide variety of characters, creating a small village. Great.

Inspiration: There is even a section on “ideas” – oh the possibilities. Thumbs Up!

Overall: Thumbs Up!


One random draw winner will receive a copy of the book.

To enter your name in the draw, “click here and answer the two easy questions”:

Deadline: July 10, 2011

Another big thank-you to Fox Chapel Publishing for their continued donation of books for free draws here at

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 04:57 PM

Looks like an interesting series of “characters”, and the type of portable projects that can go in a pocket for a quiet bit of relaxation during a walk. I like it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 07:39 PM

As a person just getting into carving, this looks like a cool book.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 03:31 AM

Thank you for the review. I will check it out.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 01:12 AM

Another book to check out is Whittling just came out by the woodcarving illustrated web site.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 10:11 PM

also check out whittler0507 on youtube he is awesome

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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