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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486209652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486209654
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout the ages one of the most popular ways to direct the creative urge has been whittling or woodcarving. In this volume Mr. Tangerman, one of America's foremost authorities and craftsmen, whose articles in craft magazines have taught and inspired millions, presents a full and thorough introduction to this entertaining art form. With this book, which is one of the few works that bridge the gap between whittling and serious carving, a beginner who is moderately handy can whittle or carve scores of useful objects, toys for children, gifts, or simply pass hours at applying his ingenuity to wood.
Beginning with a history of whittling and woodcarving, the book progresses gradually and easily. The first chapters supply background information on different woods, their proper selection and possible uses, selection and care of knives, and ways of using tools, including grips, types of strokes and cuts, and simple exercises. The following chapters cover rustic work, flat toys and windmills, puzzles, chains, nested spheres, fans, joints, modeling ships in bottles, and caricatures. The second half of the book covers carving proper and describes simple lines, woodcuts, low-relief pierced designs, sculpture in the round, inlay and marquetry, lettering, indoor and outdoor decorations, and styles. The final chapter describes finishing, repairs, and the care of tools. The wide range of illustrations includes both hundreds of beautiful wood objects from the great art of the world and hundreds of modern projects, many of which are contest winners.
"Mr. Tangerman guides actual working, but his tone of direct address, such as a teacher would use in speaking to a pupil or a class of intelligent pupils, makes it easy as well as instructive reading." — New York Herald Tribune Books. "A fascinating book, giving many suggestions of what to make and how to make it, ranging from simple things to intricate ones." — Horn Book Magazine.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gregory on April 6 2015
Format: Paperback
Scarcely discussed and rarely practiced today, whittling is an art of self-entertainment and accomplishment - a revered art of the past. My mother used to tell me about her love of whittling. She described whittling figures in cages, a wooden chain, and even a chain with a ball & socket swivel holding a ball in a cage... all carved from one solid piece of wood. She also described whittling a complete dollhouse full of furniture! She enjoyed this diversion while growing up in the 1930s and 1940s.

With the advent of television, computers, video games, x-box, etc., the art of whittling has become an anachronism. I suppose there are still some whittlers out there, but it's definitely not the pervasive hobby of the past.

E.J. Tangerman first published this treasury of whittling back in 1934. It is a complete text of whittling and carving and, covering historical aspects of the art, provides detailed photographs of intricate woodcarvings, including panels, caskets, staircases, reliefs, and altars. This book includes information on whittling instructions, wood types, tools, and templates. It provides illustrations of finished whittling artistry. Most readers would not be interested in this book, but I highly recommend it for those intrigued with the past or those looking for a valuable historical hobby. Whittling and Woodcarving (Dover Woodworking)
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Written in the thirties this is the whittler's magnum opus. Classic whittling tricks and projects, soap carving, etc. Get this book, a pocket knife and a chunck of white pine. Find a shady tree or a park bench and whittle away. Want to make a pair of operational box jointed wooden pliers?, a ball in a cage?, a wooden chain? Tangerman will walk you through the process step by step. It is easier than it looks. I have a wooden chain with a ball in a cage hanging in the shop for people to casually discover. When they do my stock goes up three or four points right away.
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By "sypher239l" on July 11 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is great for a beginner to learn all the basics of whittling. i was making a wooden chain in no time at all and im ready to go on to the more challenging projects.
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
The Great American Whittling Book! Dec 28 1999
By Clarke Green - Published on Amazon.com
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Written in the thirties this is the whittler's magnum opus. Classic whittling tricks and projects, soap carving, etc. Get this book, a pocket knife and a chunck of white pine. Find a shady tree or a park bench and whittle away. Want to make a pair of operational box jointed wooden pliers?, a ball in a cage?, a wooden chain? Tangerman will walk you through the process step by step. It is easier than it looks. I have a wooden chain with a ball in a cage hanging in the shop for people to casually discover. When they do my stock goes up three or four points right away.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful July 11 2003
By "sypher239l" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is great for a beginner to learn all the basics of whittling. i was making a wooden chain in no time at all and im ready to go on to the more challenging projects.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great reference, but DRY & no templates Feb. 28 2007
By Dan Fitzsimmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a love hate relationship with this book. My wife's Grandfather left it to me with some tools. It is OLD school & dry (I read it to go to sleep). However, it has a grand breadth of projects and depth of detail. It is a great reference. Don't expect full sized, exciting templates. This was written before the copy machine. Do expect a challenging variety of projects and keen insights. This book is not directly related to my goals as a carver. However, it does challenge me indirectly to become better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Whittling and Woodcarving May 13 2011
By Gary Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very informative about the subjects of whittling and wood carving. It covers tools, and techniques as well as give instructions about how to make easy projects as well as difficult ones. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to any beginner or the experienced.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great historical treasury of bygone artistry Feb. 15 2014
By Chris Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Scarcely discussed and rarely practiced today, whittling is an art of self-entertainment and accomplishment - a revered art of the past. My mother used to tell me about her love of whittling. She described whittling figures in cages, a wooden chain, and even a chain with a ball & socket swivel holding a ball in a cage... all carved from one solid piece of wood. She also described whittling a complete dollhouse full of furniture! She enjoyed this diversion while growing up in the 1930s and 1940s.

With the advent of television, computers, video games, x-box, etc., the art of whittling has become an anachronism. I suppose there are still some whittlers out there, but it's definitely not the pervasive hobby of the past.

E.J. Tangerman first published this treasury of whittling back in 1934. It is a complete text of whittling and carving and, covering historical aspects of the art, provides detailed photographs of intricate woodcarvings, including panels, caskets, staircases, reliefs, and altars. This book includes information on whittling instructions, wood types, tools, and templates. It provides illustrations of finished whittling artistry. Most readers would not be interested in this book, but I highly recommend it for those intrigued with the past or those looking for a valuable historical hobby. Whittling and Woodcarving (Dover Woodworking)


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