Did You Ever Whittle

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  1. Kalvin Mitnic

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    Whittling seems a lost art. Back in the day we'd sit on the porch whittling watching the world go by. Now none sit on the front porch, the world goes by too fast to watch and if you have a knife in your hand you'll get reported and maybe even shot by an over zealous Bobby (Oops, Bobbies don't have guns.) Well shot by an over zealous law enforcement officer.
    I used to whittle letter openers. Useless now. Seldom get letters.
    Could whittle a whistle now maybe if the custodians hadn't taken my knife away. Said it was for cautionary reasons but I bet someone is using it now, to whittle. Betcha.
     
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    @Kalvin Mitnic
    I am bound to near-addiction to whittling; however, it is only carried out on metals.
    Frank
     
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    Depends on what part of the U.S. a person lives in. In the ranching and farming areas of America, a person could do this on their front porch with no problems. Actually, I think "whittling" with a jackknife has been replaced with a chainsaw and cleaning up with a sculpting knife. When we were at a store in Yellowstone N.P., we seen a number of wood-carved sculptures.
     
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    Understood every word Kalvin :p
    Whistle while you whittle - both a lost art and I like both
     
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    In the early 1970's I learned to whittle using bars of ivory soap, which worked very well. Never graduated to wood, though. Fun to do, maybe should try it again.
     
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    Haven't seen a comment about this reply. Guess most on this forum weren't raised on/around a farm or ranch, like I was.
     
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    I used to do a little whittling when I was a kid; but mostly just things like carving designs in the bark of soft branches and stuff like that. when I was in high school (or maybe it was Junior High) we learned how to do the soap caving with a bar of Ivory soap, like @Augusta Heathbourne mentioned, and I did enjoy that, although I think that I only did the one piece that we did for art class.
    I carved a horse head on a pedestal like the knight from a chess set. I think that soap carving might be something that I would enjoy again of I tried it.
     
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    I see chain saw carving at fairs some very good but that's hardly what I'd call whittling. :p
    Jack knives are passe too with box cutters available in all size. I still carry a knife,always.
    I have no porch now but sit on the patio and watch the birds/rabbits, read the paper and such. Hey maybe that chain saw aficionado could saw me a front porch?:rolleyes:
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh , I grew up on a farm, and my husband and I had a five acre farm from necessity. I grew up carrying a knife. They are so useful,and I still carry one today, and when, (generally a man), someone finds themselves in need of a sharp blade, I have one. And I use a whetstone to keep it and my old fashion steel Case kitchen knives sharp. :)
     
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    I was going to pick that up once, probably in the mid-70s, and I cut myself pretty badly. I never did get back to it.
     
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    Wow ... Ouch ,,, (#^*=%&*-*^E!$@^) :confused: :mad: :(
     
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    I'm a city boy but have worked much of my life on the farm or farm related industries. I learned to whittle early. One of my early birthday gifts was a pocket knife. Among my family and circle of friends knife trading was a popular pass time. We sat on front porches and back yards and spit and whittled, many hours on weekends and holidays. Another knife event in my area of the world and it may have existed among the poorest of families back when was mumble peg or mumbly peg, a game with a knife whereby while in a kneeling or sitting position you flipped a knife from your chin, your nose, from each eye, and the top of your head and stuck it in the ground. I've always carried a knife. For some years collected knifes. I'd buy a good carbon steel knife at a garage sailor flee markets or an antique store. None of my knives were special or worth much, they were knifes I liked. In the military while on patrol, in addition to my bayonet which I kept sharpened so that it cut the hairs on the back of any hand and legs, I carried a throwing knife while on patrol. It was allowed because I was proficient with it.

    Woke up one morning wondering why on earth i was collecting knives? To what purpose? I gave two brothers a knife and sold the collection except three knives given me by a brother, a deceased uncle, and my dad. I have acquired one other knife somewhere, one of those folding lock-back knifes, all small pocket knife except one a friend gave me, a French Farmers Knife he bought on the internet, one each for he and I. Also had a coin collection I both gave away to a brother and sold the remaining. I think I came to think of them as useless endeavors.

    I was never good at whittling like some were. I did use a knife in my work in agriculture to scrape rust of metal plates in order to read something or the heads of bolts to determine their hardness, and/or whatever. Banning all these knifes and fingernail clippers was/ is a ridiculous endeavor in my opinion, reminds me of someone afraid of their shadow.
     
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    • There are many reasons we don't tell, but I'll give you one ... :oops:
    1. Loving is not as easy as in the fairytales we read or were told of. Many times, during life's struggles it can be difficult to remember to hold on to love, and not let it slip away. If we told the younger generation just how difficult it can be to continually help your love evolve through the many potholes that life brings, many might not even try. :confused:

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    You mean the honeymoon ends.
     
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    As a teen I would whittle slingshots, and sell them to the neighborhood kids. Made way more money than them with paper routes, and made it a lot easier, plus lots of repeat customers (kids would lose it, other kids would steal it, Mommies would confiscate it, etc.).
     
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    Well, What a dummy I was! I whittled sling shots and giving them away when some kid said he coiuldn't make one. Well maybe not, in all my put togethers I never whittled more than six or eight I gave a way. Used most of them myself. But some few neighborhoon boys and a couple men I knew whittled significate objects, animals, statues, something to hang onto.
     
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    Guess I was more like one of them 'Little Rascals' (I forget which one) when I was a kid. I figured out early on how to make spending money without slaving for it. No paper routes or grass mowing for me. While the other kids were dropping from heat stroke, I was sitting in the shade whittling slingshots to sell to them. Also recall making some sort of zip gun that shot something...rubber bands maybe?

    I used to make my own slingshots too, up until the time the 'Wrist Rocket' started appearing in 'Popular Mechanics' ads. Mine could not compete with that, and I always liked the best.
     
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    I was one of the ones sweating, scrounging in the dumpgrounds for pop bottles I couild sell or scrap metal. I made slingshot, at first wiowth rope slings, then when I got pretty good with i made one with leather slings with a rubber holder for my rocks. I hunted ravbbits with it, actually with both types of slingshot, Welcome aboard here, Neville. Glad to have you join us.
     
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    We used to do that, and walk along the road picking them up. There were more beer bottles than pop bottles but I had to be careful of the beer bottle returns because I'd be in trouble if my parents knew I was picking up beer bottles.
     
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    Yep, that was the route most kids chose. I suspect too much listening to parents telling them how to make money, the virtues of hard work, etc. My inspiration came more from 'how do I make the most money with the least effort and hardship', and I think that traces back to watching 'The Little Rascals', reading books by Mark Twain, and maybe a few other avenues I have long since forgotten.
     
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    @Ken Anderson
    Surely, you would not have been suspected of emptying those beer bottles!
    Frank
     
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    No, but in my family, we weren't supposed to even touch beer bottles. Plus there was the fact that my grandfather's IGA store, the only store in town, didn't carry alcoholic beverages, so the beer bottles had to be returned to the only bar in town, and we weren't supposed to be near there either.
     
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    @Ken Anderson
    Agreed that if any single thing may be the "work of the Devil", alcohol undoubtedly qualifies as one, given the enormous overall interest in it.
    Frank
     
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    If one takes in the difference between playing the violin and fiddling, I guess I never really whittled. I carve.
    I am getting into a bad habit though because I have been leaning toward my dremel bits more than my chisels. It kind of shoots the aesthetics of carving out the window, but I still have some satisfaction in the end results.
     
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