Whittle the day away

Whittling is one of those pastimes that seem interesting, but how on earth do you learn to do it?  If you don’t have a grandfather who’s able to teach you, look at 

Tiny Whittling Tiny Whittling .  Steve Tomashek starts with carving a soap ducky, a turnip bear and a carrot bunny since soap and vegetables are a great way to practice when you first start out, but he goes on to give directions for 16 animals carved from wood, including comments on different kinds of wood, and how to paint the little animals when you’re done.