Whittling Basics

Whittling class example - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

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Class Overview

Whittling is a simple and fun hobby that many people all over the world enjoy. In this interactive class, learn how to use the tools, select wood for your project, make the basic cuts and use proper whittling techniques. Enjoy whittling small animals that you will treasure for years and they also make wonderful gifts. In this class we we also learn how to sharpen and hone your tools to keep them razor sharp. Discover a new interest through this fun, hands on, engaging class! No previous whittling experience required.

Supplies Needed

  • Small wood pieces (Recommended: Sumind 12 pieces Unfinished Basla Wood Mini Carving Blocks 4 Sizes: 50 x 50 x 100 mm, 30 x 30 x 100 mm, 30 x 30 x 50 mm, 50 x 30 x 50 mm) 
  • Whittler’s detail knife / sharpen carving knife (Recommended: KN13 Flexcut knife)
  • Carving gouge set (recommended: Mikisyo Power Grip Carving Tools 7 Piece Set)
  • Carbon paper 
  • Thumb guard
  • Cut resistant gloves
  • Leather honing strop with polishing compound (recommended: BeaverCraft Leather Honing Strop with Polishing Compound LS2P1SR41 3”x 8”Double Sided Leather Stropping Kit for Knife Sharpening Vegetable Tanned Leather for Stopping Tools)
  • Sand paper 120 – 220 grit and 320 grit
  • Pencil
  • Blue tape (recommended: ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape)
  • Mineral food safe oil (recommended: Howard Products BBB012 Cutting Board Oil, 12 oz)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Obtain basic knowledge of whittling
  • Understand use of tools
  • Whittle with confidence
  • Be familiar with how to select woods depending on projects
  • Make the basic cuts and techniques
  • Understand how to sharpen the tools

Who Should Take This Class

  • Anyone interested in trying the art of whittling
  • People looking for a new hobby, creative outlet or craft to do with your hands
  • People who are new in using carving tools
  • Anyone who would like to make small animals from wood



Class Details

This class will be in person at the beautiful Wood Technology Center located at: 2310 S. Lane St, Seattle, WA 98144.


Summer 2022

  • 3 Thursdays ; Jul 07 to Jul 21 ; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location : SC -WTC - Wood Lab A -WTC0116
  • Fee : $159
  • Class ID : 39028 ; SKU : 17613