Whittling seems hard, but not with this video tutorial... watch to learn how to carve a teeny wooden mouse with a small knife, sander and drill.
These are stop motion animated instructions.
See how to carve a miniature (under 1-inch) mouse out of wood with Steve Tomashek. The wood is Greek Boxwood, the paint is Liquitex Acrylic. The finest brushes used are 18/0 Loew Cornell Round and Liner Brushes. The pallette is a CD. The knives are made by Lyons and can be purchased for around $36 from online sources.
All of the sound effects are real (but exaggerated) thanks to an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder. The movie was assembled in iMovie from 112 still pictures taken with an obsolete but still very usable Nikon Coolpix 990 with an excellent macro capability.