Victorinox Swiss Army® Knife Whittling Book, Gift Edition
Fun, Easy-to-Make Projects with Your Swiss Army® Knife
by Chris Lubkemann
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 04 Sep 2017 | Archive Date 10 Oct 2017
With this pocket-sized guidebook and a trusty Swiss Army® Knife, you'll be ready to whittle wherever you go!
World-famous whittler Chris Lubkemann shows how to carve 43 useful and whimsical objectsusing nothing more than a stick and an Original Swiss Army® Knife.
Chris offers step-by-step instructions for all the traditional whittling favorites like spoons, forks, and flowers, plus some decidedly funny animals and the classic curly tail rooster. He also provides sage advice on how to choose wood, sharpen a blade, and safely control your knife.
Published in collaboration with Victorinox® AG, makers of the Original Swiss Army® Knife.
Authored by 'whittling professional' Chris Lubkemann, the Swiss Army Knife Whittling Book guides readers through 43 different projects that require nothing more than pieces of wood and a Victorinox Original Swiss Army Knife for the most part. Whether you are a novice looking to develop your woodworking skills, a hobbyist in search of new projects, or that dude who wants to finally justify carrying a folding knife everywhere you go (you can whittle while waiting for the train), this book should make for an excellent reference that you can return to for many hours of fun.
All it takes is a little time and Chris will have you turning out gifts & conversation pieces like a pro!
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This is a fabulous book! I suddenly have something I can buy the men in my life for Christmas. Great size, informative and fun.
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Whittling Book, Gift Edition by Chris Lubkemann is a great book of unique whittling designs and plans. I was impressed with the creativity of many of the designs, and with the different varieties of Swiss Army knives.
Great book! I liked the quick history of Victorinox and the pictures. He was conversational and easy to follow.
Who knew you could do so much with a Swiss Army Knife? This book is packed full of fun projects that you can do with minimal tools and just a little time. The author has done a lot of whittling and it shows in the quality of the pieces he creates for this book. Each creation is unique and each one shows his skill! If you want to learn to make similar creations, there are detailed directions provided for each. The projects start out easy and work up to the more difficult ones. That gives the reader a chance to gain skill in working with the Swiss Army Knife and the more simple cuts, then build on those skills to take on more challenging projects. The projects are also very cute, so you will be making something that will bring someone else joy. My favorites were the owl and the egret. Throughout the text, there is also a neat history of the Swiss Army Knife and the company that makes it. It was interesting to learn that this company has been in business for so long and has been making these quality tools exclusively. The history section includes photos of some of the early models, and they look similar to the familiar ones we still use today. These projects use branches from a variety of species of trees. The author gives you recommendations on types of wood, and how to choose your wood and the particular shape of branch that will make your project most successful. He even recommends how dry or moist the wood should be when beginning each project. Copious high-quality photos illustrate how to make the cuts and trim the wood down to make whatever project is being featured. There are tips to make the work go more smoothly and to help you get through making some of the more delicate cuts. The author shows you how to preserve the wood too, so that those delicate features of your carving won’t fall off once they dry out. The author uses a slightly modified blade for his carvings and he shares directions on how to modify yours, should you want to try it. He also gives you plenty of tips on how to take care of the blade and the tool itself, so it will last you a long time. There are many models of Swiss Army Knife to choose from and the author gives you some recommendations on which models work best for whittling. I was amazed at the variety of things you can make with just a Swiss Army Knife. Not only are these useful items, but they are decorative too, and conversation starters. Whittling is an underappreciated art form. After reading this book, I want to try to make some of these projects. Although I have no experience at all, I think the directions given here are good enough that I could make something! I thank NetGalley and the publisher for the advance reader copy I received in exchange for my honest review.