Whittling Basics

Whittling class example - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

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

Woodworking classes will be in-person at the beautiful Wood Technology Center located at: 2310 S. Lane St, Seattle, WA 98144. The first session is at a classroom, and the rest of the sessions are at the Core Shop. 

Seattle Central Requires COVID-19 Vaccines and Masks for Students & Staff 

Seattle Colleges will be a fully vaccinated higher education institution in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent COVID-19 Proclamations. The decision comes after consultation with the board of trustees, health and safety officials, and labor partners. 

Full vaccinations are required for students, staff, and faculty coming to campus this fall, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. This allows the colleges to reopen and return to in-person teaching and learning, to the fullest extent possible, while safeguarding against transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Students must report vaccination status by Nov. 1; we will update Continuing Education students about the process for that soon. 

In accordance with Washington State guidelines for the college, everyone attending in-person classes is also required to wear a face mask inside buildings, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition, everyone who comes to an in-person class (Capitol Hill, Wood Technology Center, Seattle Maritime Academy and Georgetown) will be required to complete a daily health screening questionnaire each day that you visit. Please take time to review the COVID Procedures: https://www.seattlecolleges.edu/coronavirus/current-covid-19-procedures.


Winter 2022

  • 3 Thursdays ; Jan 13 to Jan 27 ; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Fee : $159
  • Class ID : 38803 ; SKU : 32181