Thursday, April 12, 2012

Whittle....

whit·tle 


Verb:
  1. Carve (wood) into an object by repeatedly cutting small slices from it.
  2. Carve (an object) from wood in this way.
Yes, I whittle....
(or at least I try....)
As I have said before I see something that
interests me and then I want to try it.
I figured I would never know if it is something  
I would enjoy if I didn't give it a try!
 
I have found this to be 
a fun hobby for me....
BUT you have to be more careful so 
you don't get cut!

They were giving a class at a art studio
a while back and I thought --
WHY NOT!

It's pretty easy....
all you need is a knife....
this is one they recommended --
and of course a finger guard!
 
Then you can purchase wood plugs.
This is the easy way....
They already have some definition.
Which is good for a beginner.
 
Then you get started....
here are before and after shots 
of my completed project....
I call him Elmer....
 
The front....

 
Side view....

 
The back....


When you have finished you use
acrylic paint and paint it however you'd like!

It was fun!
I have a wooden spoon that I am planning to
carve this summer.  I have been waiting until
it warms up as it is messy and I like to 
whittle in the garage.

If you haven't tried whittling yet and
think it is something that would interest
you -- I would encourage you to give it a try!


Happy Whittling, my friends!

Beth

Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso

20 comments:

Sandra said...

fantastic! he is really really cute. you must have a lot of artistic ability, i don't think mine would look like this.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

That takes talent! Nice work, Beth!

verobirdie said...

You make it sounds easy, but I'm sure it is not.
This guy is awesome. When do you create a newfie?

Priscilla said...

Oh gosh! it's gorgeous! What a neat project!

Looking forward to seeing your Newfie!

harrispen said...

Elmer is adorable! You did a fantastic job with the carving and finishing with the painting. I would probably cut off a finger if I tried that! I stick myself with pins enough as it is with my sewing.

Cindy

Bassetmomma said...

Oh my gosh Beth! Elmer is fantastic! You are one talented lady! :)

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Wow, that is just so nice. You are very talented. Wish I had that childlike artist in me, but even as a child I was sorely lacking:(

Elmer looks so real to me.

Kathie

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Oh my goodness Beth, that is absolutely incredible!
You have definitely got a talent for whittling. I know for a fact the only thing I would achieve if I tried it would be sawdust and a pool of blood!
Lynne x

Madi and Mom said...

Wow Miss Beth I'm impressed!!
Elmer is quite a handsome dude!
I love the clothes you painted on him they give him such a great character!!
Mom is only allowed to handle rubber knives. Some how she manages to get cut just taking the knife out of the drawer.
Hugs Madi

Ginny said...

Elmer is so totally cool!!!! You seem to be so talented in everything that you do!!! I don't know how a beginner like you could have carved out the tiny details of his face, but everything is so perfect, including the painting!!! Where does he reside now?

Brandi Yee said...

WOW!! I cannot believe how talented you are! I love things that are whittled. I love Elmer!

bichonpawz said...

Wow Beth! What an awesome job you did on Elmer!! He is a fabulous lookin' dude!! You truly are talented!!! I totally LOVE that sign you have at the top of your blog about coloring OUTSIDE the lines! I love all things art...but that doesn't mean I am very good at it....
Jeanne

The Army of Four said...

You're amazing! Elmer looks GREAT! I love all of the detail!
KZK

Macintosh Mitch said...

How neat Elmer is! You are so very creative, Beth!

Love ya lots,
Mitch

Chatty Crone said...

That was fantastic. I am not surprised though. sandie

Ms. ~K said...

You are amazing...loving your blog!
xoxo

Ms. ~K said...

PS..Have you whittled a little Remington? :)

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Your work is WAY fancier than the whittling I used to do with my grandpa sitting on the shore with our fishing lines in the water. I love your drive to try things.

Don and Diana said...

WOW Beth!! I am so impressed and you have talent for sure!! He is just so cute!!

Diana (jazzis mom)

Bailey Be Good! said...

I think you did an amazzzing job! I think I will tell my mommy about whittling -- it looks like fun! :)

Woofs & huggies! <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)