Penknife Carving Projects and Techniques

Explore wood carving projects with a penknife for outdoor adventurers, hobbyist and wood workers.


| December 2017


In 50 Things to Do with a Penknife (Princeton Architectural Press) by Matt Collins, a horticultural consultant at the Garden Museum in London, showcases a practical guide for whittling with a penknife. Matt combines craftsmanship with savvy survival-skill projects that encompass a range of skills levels. Each project is accompanied by detailed step-by-step illustrations, making his book ideal for the creative adventurer.

Matt Collins invites adventurers, hobbyist and wood workers to explore the many uses of the indispensable penknife in his book 50 Things to Do with a Penknife. The hinged blade and protective handle make penknives a universal and portable tool that can be used on an array of unique projects that connect you closer to nature. Matt’s techniques encompass a wide range of skill levels, so you can find fun and relaxing projects to hone your whittling and carving skills no matter your experience. 

Here are projects from 50 Things to Do with a Penknife to get you started:

How to Carve a Willow Whistle with a Penknife
How to Carve a Fish Hook with a Penknife


This excerpt is reprinted with permission from 50 Things to Do with a Penknife by Matt Collins, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2017.




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