I've been waiting for this for 9 years - my granddaughter is the same age as when I got my first knife. I haven't "given" it to her yet, but she really likes her purple Ladybug. Anyway, I had previously predrilled two pieces of Basswood so we could carve whistles. I gave her a few safety lessons and we were off. Here's before:
I used my orange Ladybug - great knives for whittling, by the way. The whistles are nothing fancy, but they work - that really impressed her - she carved one and it whistles great! Next time we'll do something more fancy. She got two Spyder bites - one bled a fair bit, but I've seen guys I work with in the kitchen get more upset about a little cut than she did. Cleaned it up, put a bandaid on it, and I couldn't keep her away from whittling. After we finished the whistles, she grabbed some wood and just whittled and whittled. Here are the whistles we made:
Sorry for babbling - it's just exciting for me, and we have a potential new Spydie fan. She was even saying how cool the knives looked on the past two Spyderco catalog covers. Well, thanks for lookin' and listening.
- best wishes, Jazz.