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Whittle Kit (Time Flies)
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I propose to design a small whittling kit. The kit will have a small selection of objects enclosed in a sturdy zippered canvas bag, approximately 9" x 4". Inside the bag, the following necessary components will be enclosed (I'll move through the details of each one shortly): One small, 6" whittling knife and sheath, two pieces of wood to get started on whittling with, a booklet about wood and whittling, a small sharpening stone, and 2 grades of sandpaper. Whittling allows the user to participate and perhaps become aware of larger systems.
There are several larger scale ideas around whittling. When we take a raw material and make it into "something," we are participating in ecologies of making, design, intention, transformation. It is empowering to make something, even if it is small, from nothing. By showing the raw material, it reminds the user that the things around them come from somewhere. That the chair they are sitting on, the table they are working at, the cup they are drinking from as they work – these too are all designed objects that have materials that have been sourced from somewhere, and have lives.
Whittling is also an activity that asks for a certain kind of passive attention. It is meditative, promoting a flow state of interaction, while allowing the mind to expand and wander. I believe that these kinds of experiences are important for people to have in an age of high speed images flickering around the world. The act of whittling is grounding, and can be taken anywhere. It is something that you could do on a lazy day off of mid-hike. It is both a past-time and a skill.
The small knife will be made from a tool steel, with a traditional whittling edge, and have a wooden handle. The handle will build on the work that I have started in my set of carving knives, making something modern and geometric, but designed around the affordances of the hand and of the use of a knife. The handle will be made from locally sourced oak, a material that gains a beautiful patina as it ages with the oils from the hand, and use over time. I believe that designing for patina designs for objects that gain value over time, becoming more person, with more life information embedded into them through use.
I will draw, design, and layout the booklet, which will teach a little bit about the practice of whittling, what kinds of wood are good for whittling, how to finish you object, and how to sharpen the knife. These empower the user to take the raw material into a finished state, to learn about the process, and importantly, to care about the tool.
The small bag will be a tough canvas or waxed cotton with a zipper; something simple , slim, and designed to fit easily into a small bag.
I will do my best to source pieces of wood locally. Perhaps for the initial run, all of the pieces of wood that are included are locally foraged and sourced. The pieces will be milled down to fit into the sack, for ease of packaging.
I have included the following images for reference.
Tea 0 - 3 are images of a tea set that I designed and fabricated that show aesthetic directions for containers and assorted small objects that are located in a crossover of art, design, and craft. In particular, a small brass spoon that was hand hammered and formed.
Surf 0 - 1 shows aesthetic considerations towards wood as a material, at furniture (life) scale.
Seat 0 - 1 also shows aesthetic considerations towards wood, combined with metal and felt, at furniture (life) scale.
Beads 0 show geometrical forms and finishing with white oak.
Knives 0 shoes an earlier knife project. The knife project that I am proposing here is similar in gestalt, but a different beast, in that it is about whittling knives, not carving knives. The scale that I am talking about for this proposal is also different, as well as the context. What the project does demonstrate is consideration towards the knife form in general.