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Melanie Abrantes


Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling

Melanie Abrantes
  • Imprint: Clarkson Potter
  • On sale: August 22, 2017
  • Price: $16
  • Pages: 128
  • ISBN: 9780451498960
Contact: Natasha Martin

Whittling is a mindful hobby that people have turned to for generations to help them slow down, relax, and connect with the outdoors. Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling (Clarkson Potter | August 22, 2017 | $16.00 | Hardcover) is a fresh introduction to this folksy craft, inspiring readers to create iconic items that are not only useful around the house, but are beautiful enough to give as a gift.


With beautiful lifestyle and how-to photographs, Carve shows readers how to carve 12 simple objects, from a coffee spoon to an elegant comb, that take just a couple of tools and a few hours to finish. There is also information on choosing the right knife and wood, techniques and safety, and tips for refining, personalizing and maintaining a finished piece.


Whether headed to the woods or just to the porch, this pocket-sized guide will have readers carving their own unique designs in no time.


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Product designer and maker MELANIE ABRANTES teaches wood carving at workshops in Oakland, CA and sells her designs in small shops and retail stores nationwide, including Urban Outfitters and West Elm. She’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Anthology, Domino magazine, Dwell, and Bon Appétit. Visit her at

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