OBSERVATION TECHNOLOGY is an adaption of the science of technology to the art of carving and related to the skill of carving. Yogi Berra coined the phrase, “You can observe a lot just by watching,” which when applied to the art of woodcarving, there is great value in making studied observations. Such is the case here with the studied observation of a carving by Myron Compton of Pekin, Indiana. I have observed some of his carvings over the years with an appreciative eye for his creative skill and interpretations through his carvings. His most recent carving of a cowpoke gave off an immediate invitation to “take a closer look” at this carving. Read the rest of this entry »
Tree Noggins and Whittle Dwarfs are the “fun” carvings that are adventures in carving a variety of faces. Tree Noggins have been a staple carving venue for more than thirty years while carving about twenty to thirty a year for a local country festival.
Whittle Dwarfs have been carved for a few years based upon a drawing done by my good artist and woodcarving friend Don Stephenson. Several are carved at the same time with the intent to make each one a little different while keeping the basic format of design the same. Read the rest of this entry »
The Drone BEE # 11 of the Wood Bee Carver Signature Series made by Helvie Knives has been redesigned to be a more efficient slicing knife. The Drone BEE is still the wharncliffe blade shape redesigned with the straight cutting edge sloping back and up towards where it comes out of the handle to create a “Reverse Skew” slicing action.
This redesign came about through “Observation Technology” by which this knife carver who emphasizes the “slicing action” observed through trial and error that having the straight cutting edge with a “reverse skew” angle would approach the wood with a slicing action quicker than the regular straight cutting edge. Read the rest of this entry »
CINCINNATI CARVING SHOW
Saturday-October 11, 2014 10am to 5:00 pm
Sunday-October 12, 2014 11pm to 4pm
Admission: Adults $5.00
Boy Scouts in Uniform and children under 12 with an Adult – Free
Ohio National Guard and Woodlawn Recreation Center
10050 Woodlawn Blvd,Woodlawn,Ohio 45215
Heading South on I-75, Take the Glendale-Milford Exit, Turn (Right) West to Springfield Pike. Turn Left (South) to Grove Rd Right to Woodlawn Blvd.
Heading North on I-75, Take the Glendale-Milford Exit, Turn (Left) West to Springfield Pike. Turn Left (South) to Grove Rd Right to Woodlawn Blvd.
Chris Hammack, Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) member, will be teaching at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio. A rare opportunity invites any carver who would like to take a three day carving class with Chris Hammack in North West Ohio at Sauder Village, Archbold, OH. The class will convene preceding the 28th Annual Woodcarving show on Saturday and Sunday where Chris will be Guest Artist and Judge. Read the rest of this entry »
Rich Smithson of HELVIE KNIVES did me a great favor by making the cherry plaque and stand for the CCA Best of Show Trophy and wood burning the CCA Logo and lettering on the plaque as a base for the Hobo carved to complete the trophy. So for his generosity I carved for him the Helvie Pirate to be added to his carving collection. The knives used to carve the pirate were Signature Series #10 HORNET BEE, # 13 BUMBLE BEE and # 6-2 MINI MERTZ II as pictured in the first photograph. The continuing photographs are a visual study of the characteristics of what makes a carved figure into a pirate. (click on each photo to enlarge.) Read the rest of this entry »
Introducing the Murray Knife # 530 recommended by the WOOD BEE CARVER.
The Wood Bee Carver prefers to use a knife that has a curved cutting edge that curves up to the tip and also curved into the extended tang. Bud Murray, who is a well-respected knife maker, makes four knives for me that fit that design. Occasionally there is a need for a knife with a straight cutting edge for making stop cuts. Bud Murray makes a knife whose design was suggested by Elaine Stenman to be used to make deep stop cuts for her style of relief carving. The cutting edge is angled down reminiscent of a chip carving knife. Such a design “skews” the cutting edge angle so that it slices very much like that action of the guillotine blade shape as it slides down its track. In the pull slicing stroke the cutting edge action is like a “reverse skew.” This knife also works quite well as a chip carving knife and can be adapted for some other whittling cuts. Read the rest of this entry »