At the mention of Loring's name Griggs looked up from the stick he was whittling.
But the whittling keeps his hands and eyes busy, and steadies his nerves.
I was present in the house of this selfsame chief and high priest while he was whittling out similar ones.
He snailed over his whittling as we laughed heartily at the droll effect of it all.
In whittling, it is always best to lay off the pattern on both sides of the wood.
He was whittling as he considered a challenge from Tip Taylor to shoot a match.
"It is the new paradise of the world," said Jotham Blue, pausing in his whittling and holding up his right hand for emphasis.
Some were whittling, some making aimless marks in the dust with a stick.
One day, as he was sitting in his tent on the beach, whittling a spear handle, a peasant entered and looked hard at him.
He resumed his whittling, refusing to answer any questions, vociferating that he was busy.
1550s, "to cut thin shavings from (something) with a knife," from Middle English whittel "a knife" (c1400), variant of thwittle (late 14c.), from Old English þwitan "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *thwitanan (cf. Old Norse þveita "to hew"). Figurative sense is attested from 1746. Related: Whittled; whittling.