This how-to guide provides projects for children and teens interested in awakening their creativity and learning carving and woodworking skills. The handbook's 35 carving projects are organized by increasing complexity and are divided into three age-ranges. From a simple xylophone and a baseball award to a double whistle and a woodcut scene, there's a skill-level-appropriate project to suit a wide range of ages. Group one, for children ages four to eight, features supervised projects using sanding and stamping tools. Projects in group two, designed for children ages nine to 12, make use of sanding tools and, for those who have enough dexterity and strength to use them, a knife or v-tool. Group three presents projects for teens requiring minimal if any supervision and have the dexterity to make basic knife cuts and gouges. All of these projects can be crafted from commonly found pieces of wood.
Robin Edward Trudel is a computer consultant and the author of "Carving for""Kids." He lives in Dracut, Massachusetts.