February 6, 2021

5 Things to whittle out of a stick | A Full Guide with Videos

If you are like me, you love whittling. I love how wood can be shaped into any form and made into something beautiful or valuable. It’s an exercise in creativity that is also therapeutic and creative! If you are new to carving, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this blog post, I’ll show you five things you can easily whittle out of a stick. I’ll also show you how to carve a stick in several videos. So grab your knife and get started! Here are things you can whittle out of a stick.

man carving wood

Stick whittling has been around for as long as anyone can remember, and for a good reason. You may just be taking it up as a hobby, but one day it could even save your life. When out in the wilderness, crafting the tools you might need for survival can be very handy. Survival aside, you will also be able to make beautiful wooden sculptures that your guests will examine in awe when you show them. 


A whistle is an important survival tool for notifying people around you of your location. It is also helpful to inform people over a distance of any impending danger. The good thing about whistles is that they can be easily made from almost any available wood. 

The process involved is not very complicated, so I recommend this to anyone just starting with wood crafting. Although the project is simple enough to achieve with just a knife and drill, you will require some sanding equipment if you want something of quality. You can follow this link for a full tutorial if this is your desired product. 

Whittle a Knife out of a stick

I am sure many men reading this article skipped everything else to get to this part. As exciting as it is, this is less of a beginner project than you think. This is understandable because who would not want to be able to make an excellent wooden knife. Instead, we could classify it as an intermediate wood crafting pan excellent. 

You will need a power drill, sanding bits, a knife, and super glue. Understandably, you would not have all this in the wild to work with, but this can be pretty exciting for our home project. If your heart is set on this, then here is the link you can follow for a full tutorial. 

Letter Openers

Letter openers are among the most straightforward wood-crafting projects that one can undertake. I rate this a beginner project because it requires no power tools or bits to manufacture. Instead, what you are going to need are a utility knife and a handsaw. 

If it is not apparent, you will also need a piece of wood. The entire process should not take you longer than an hour to complete. It is a great project that will get you focused on achieving the finer details when carving. They are not the most fantastic and valuable products you can make, but I am sure you will enjoy them. I have provided the link here if you wish to get started.  

Character Figures

Not to discourage you but character figures are very difficult to make well. They require many tools to create and an ambitious amount of creativity. The inner artist in you will shine in this project. This is because you will first be required to draw or trace the character you want to create. 

After doing so, you will have to translate that drawing into a wooden carving. Yeah, a bit difficult. To perform this task, you shall need glue, tracing paper, a chisel set, and a piece of wood.

Essentially, you will be gluing your traced-out character onto the wood piece to allow you to cut it into the general shape. After this, you shall use the chisel set to carve in any of the finer details, such as face, nose, or hands. You can click here for the link to a full tutorial on this. 

Chess Pieces

When we talk about things you can carve out of wood, I believe there is a range between beginner and advanced. In this case, we could consider this project to be triple advanced. This is one of the most time-consuming projects that you can undertake. 

If you want to make a quality chess set with all the pieces and the board, it will take you a minimum of five hours. Depending on the quality you expect to achieve, it can even go up to five days. You will require a drill, a chisel set, sanding paper, glue, and paint to achieve this. 

For perspective, a chess set comes with 16 pieces per player. This means that you will need to build a complete chess set. You will need 32 pieces. It can be quite a taxing project. If you have the time, then click on this link. 

Conclusion on whittling a stick

To summarise, you can make different things from any piece of wood you find in the garden or the garbage. What is junk to one person is a treasure to another. The moral of wood crafting is to learn that you can make something beautiful out of anything. When choosing a piece of wood, make sure you do not choose something that is beyond your abilities.

Items like chess pieces and character figures should be left for the more advanced wood crafters. I recommend avoiding these because if you are not good at it may frustrate you to the point you give up. If you are starting, start with something you want, such as a knife or a whistle. These options require much less skill and equipment to start working on them. Good luck with these stick whittling ideas!

David D. Hughes

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