16
Aug

The OTHER KNIVES Redux

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

           

The “OTHER KNIVES” made by the WOOD BEE CARVER as experimental prototype knives for personal use and for designing Signature Series Knives for Helvie Knives to consider to put into production. Handles are made of butternut, hand whittled while the blade material is either old pocket knives reshaped or a variety of carbon steel blade material shaped into a blade design designed for slicing action and versatility in the Whittle-Carving process. Blade covers at the base of the handles are made by laminating two strips of wood glued together with a mortised blade slot carved before gluing.

More information on OTHER KNIVES  and Knife Blade Covers from previous blog postings can be reviewed by clicking on each of these hot links ~ The OTHER KNIVES ~ KNIFE BLADE COVERS ~ KNIFE BLADE COVERS II ~ CARVED BLADE COVERS.

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27
Jun

WHITTLE FOLK TROLLS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

 

Trolls are imaginary characters who came into existence through the imagination of ancient story tellers. The visual likeness of trolls is based upon the verbal descriptions in these old stories.  WHITTLE FOLK TROLLS are a carver’s imagination carved into a three-inch-tall by inch and a half square block of basswood and are carved using only carving knives.

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22
Jun

UMPIRE ~ A Commission Carving

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Knives

                      

            

A carving of an Ohio High School Athletic Association umpire was commissioned to be given as a birthday gift to the umpire as a surprise.  The only personal reference was a photograph of the person that was enhanced by further search of umpire images on the internet.  All through the carving stages the one photograph was a central part of the creative balance between a two-dimensional reference and the carving of a three-dimensional representation of the photographic image.

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26
May

HELVIE FOOTBALL PLAYER

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Knives

                    

Rich Smithson of HELVIE KNIVES commissioned a carving of an old-time football player who wore the marks on his face of a rough game.  Notice his left eye is almost swollen shut, black and blue around the eye as well as on his broken nose and a tooth has been knocked out. The strap on his leather helmet has been torn during the game and yet he now stands with a stoic stance holding on to the football.  The name “HELVIE” is on the back of his jersey and the number “3” is on his chest.

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19
May

OLD GEEZER APOCALYPSE

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

 

Be warned, “the Old Geezers are coming, the Old Geezers are coming, the Old Geezers are coming ~ it is an Old Geezer Apocalypse.” Old Geezers are all around us.  They may go by other names like grumpy old men, old coots, curmudgeons, codgers, old soldier, old fogy, fuddy-duddy, Gramps or old timer.  One way or another we all are inching our way to becoming an Old Geezer.

This six inch tall carving of an Old Geezer is an example of a mental image of such a delightful and fun loving Old Timer who could tell us wonderful tales, some true, some exaggerated and many repeated.  He is a solemn reminder of who we may become, so beware.  One final thought, Old Geezers are fond of whittling as well as spinning yarns.  Join the Old Geezer Apocalypse.

 

26
Apr

CARVING BIKER DUDES by Don Worley

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

                             

Don Worley announces the availability of his newly published book “Carving Biker Dudes” selling for $18 and will be available through classes he will teach in Taylor Mills, KY (May 4 and 5) ~ Wilmot, OH (June 1 and 20) ~ Buckeye Roundup, Fletcher, OH (July 25 through 28) or by ordering directly from Worley by contacting him by email~ deworley429@gmail.com

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17
Apr

CARICATURE FACE STUDY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

                         

Don Worley carves very unique caricature faces that are good study faces.  He calls these magnet face carvings “Biker Dudes,” who were introduced in an earlier posting: “Carving Biker Dudes by Don Worley”.  The next two photos are of more of Worley’s creations for study and to see them in person ~ Don will have them available at the Dayton Artistry in Wood Show, October 13 and 14, 2018 at the Roberts Centre, Wilmington, OH.

            

19
Mar

LITTLE STINKER Details Knives

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LITTLE STINKER knives are designed by the WOOD BEE CARVER and made by HELVIE KNIVES.  These are DETAIL carving knives intended to be used in a slicing action (like slicing a tomato or bread) while being held like a pencil between the thumb and index finger while resting on the second finger and in the crook of hand between the thumb joint and the index finger. The slender wooden handle is comfortable when held pencil fashion rather than in the palm of hand as when holding a larger bladed knife.  Each knife can be held in the palm of the hand for short periods of time to make certain cuts but not for long periods of time.

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