Here are 12 ‘Rules’ I’ve developed during these last few intense weeks of whittling solo and with friends.
The Technical Rules
Rule 1 – Try not to bleed.
Rule 2 – Always whittle away from your body.
Rule 3 – One tool per whittle – one tool makes it whittling rather than carving in my opinion.
Rule 4 – A blunt tools only cuts you.
Rule 5 – Consider the hard edges, the soft edges and the marks the tools leaves.
Rule 6 – Sandpaper is for wusses!
The Conceptual Rules
Rule 1 – Do not start with a preconceived design or form in mind.
Rule 2 – Let the tool, the wood and your hands think along with your mind.
Rule 3 – The piece also whittles you.
Rule 4 – Stop when it’s finished
Rule 5 – There are no rules!