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Fifty Things to Do with a Penknife

by Matt Collins

A beautifully presented, practical gift guide to the age-old art of whittling.

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A beautifully presented, practical gift guide to the age-old art of whittling.
There are 50 projects featured in the book, ranging from quick makes to more elaborate projects, and even a chapter on creating things from cork. The 8 main themes are:

Quick Things – including a doorstop, a bookmark and a gift-box book;

Into The Woods – including a willow whistle, walking stick, fish hook and slingshot;

Around The House – including chopsticks, coat and crochet hooks;

Cork Creations – including a succulent pot, stamp, and earphones spool;

Ornamental Carving – including a boat, a deer and a spinning top;

Kitchen Carving – including a carrot flute, apple candle and onion flower;

The Natural World – including a bird feeder and instructions to prepare a fish for cooking, a graft an apple tree.

The projects cater for a range of skill levels and the instructions are complemented by smart step-by-step illustrations, which highlight the tactile quality of the material in hand. The book also includes an introduction with advice on selecting a penknife, maintaining your blade, choosing your caving material, and carving techniques.

Featuring the ultimate crossover of cool craftsmanship and savvy survival-skill projects, this book is the perfect gift for creative adventurers.


A beautifully presented and practical gift guide, it includes 50 projects and caters for a range of skill levels.

Author Biography

Matt Collins is a writer and hoticultural consultant with a particular interest in the subjects of trees and landscape. Linking an extensive arboricultural knowledge with his passion for traditional hand carving, Matt has developed a close relationship with wood as both a living and crafting medium.

Description for Sales People

Cool, contemporary approach to a classic craft - the perfect gift book for adventurers A beautiful package capitalizing on the resurgence of traditional pastimes and outdoor pursuits, building on but not directly competing with the success of titles such as Norwegian Wood and The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees Features 50 whittling projects covering a wide range of themes and skill levels


Year 2017
ISBN-10 1911216864
ISBN-13 9781911216865
Publication Date 2017-08-03
Media Book
Pages 144
Format Hardcover
Place of Publication London
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Author Matt Collins
DEWEY 736.4
Language English
UK Release Date 2017-08-03
Illustrations approximately 200 illustrations
Subtitle The Whittler's Guide to Life
Illustrator Norman Shaw Nielsen
Birth 1968
Affiliation Bond University
Position Associate Director
Qualifications Ph.D.
Imprint Pavilion
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Alternative 9781911595489
Audience General
AU Release Date 2017-11-07
NZ Release Date 2017-11-07