Author Chris Lubkemann was born to missionary parents in Brazil where sawing, planing, hammering and building were a part of daily life. Scraps of wood became ready playthings as they took shape in Chris' young hands. There were boats, furniture, treehouses, traps and slingshots. He received encouragement from his parents to build and create.
In1972 Chris first published his notes on carving when he wrote and illustrated an instruction sheet on how to whittle a rooster from a small forked branch. In the 40 years since then, his original sketches and instructions have expanded. fine-tuned and changed. In addition to producing a number of his whilttling instruction sheets in English, thousands of copies in Portugese have been distributed around the Iberian Peninsula.
Chris is a regular contributor to Chip Chats magazine's Branching Out feature column. The Little Book of Whittling is Chris Lubkemann's second published titled. He previously wrote Whittling Twigs & Branches.
Chris' work in the ministry has taken him to many foreign countries and throughout the United States. Wherever he has gone, he has always had a pocketknife close by with a handful of twigs and branches. So, the simple craft picked up more than 37 years ago continues to be shared and passed on to people from all over the world. more