Fifty Things to Do with a Penknife

By Matt Collins

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.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 03 Aug 2017
Pages: 144
ISBN: 978-1-911216-86-5
Matt Collins is a freelance garden and Nature writer, and Head Gardener at the Garden Museum in London. Beginning his training at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Matt came to writing through horticulture. His interests lie at the intersection between cultivated and natural environments, and the processes by which they are recorded. Matt documents his written and horticultural work at