Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends, Knives

Skylar and Don

On July 19, 2015 at the Eastern Woodland Woodcarving Show in Converse, IN, the winning ticket for the Helvie raffle of a presentation box containing twenty one Wood Bee Carver Signature Series knives and a Whittle-Doodle carved by the Wood Bee Carver was won by Farley Baker of Morrow, Ohio. Many people purchased raffle tickets in this fund raiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research with the end result of $1850 for this worthy cause. Holli Smithson of Helvie Knives posted on Facebook the photo below along with the report of the total raised.

Our raffle this year went the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation and we proudly raised $1350! Rich Smithson place of employment, Walmart DC # 7055, also kicked in an additional $500! For a grand total of $1850!!! In the picture is not one, but two, of Tipton’s finest; Officers Dylan Dietrick and Robert Nunemacher along with our Skylar Smithson and fellow type 1 diabetic Eli Dollens. Thanks to all who participated!


Helvie Fund Raiser

Helvie Knives is own and operated by Rich, Hollie and Skylar Smithson and besides making high quality carving knives they are very generous in supporting a variety of worthwhile causes. Thanks for your generosity Helvie Knives.






   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Tutorials

Man StumptedMan Stumpted

“Man Stumped” in a new carving with borrowed design facets of a figure sitting on a stump and a figure holding a long stemmed pipe is an example of the Old and New coming together. Read the rest of this entry »


BUTT OF A JOKE ~ Achilles Heel Exposed

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends, CCA Related

Butt Armor                    Butt Armor

Ryan Olsen, a fellow CCA Member and a carving friend had an unfortunate accident earlier this year in that he dropped a carving knife while putting his tools in the passenger seat of the car. That dropped knife wedged itself between the seat and back of the driver’s seat. Unbeknownst to him, Ryan sat down in the seat whereby the point of the carving knife was driven into his buttock. The puncture wound healed quickly but the mental picture of such an accident could not go unpunished in that Ryan became the “butt of a joke” with a humorous carving given to him at the Annual Meeting of the CCA. The “Achilles Heel” in Ryan’s armor is depicted in the position of the knife working its way between the armor and coat of mail.  Ryan is a good sport and champions the humor in an accident that gave him a point of reference about safely transporting carving tools.  Thanks Ryan for your good humor.

Butt Armor                     Butt Armor




   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Whittle Doodles

                          whitttle doodle mini

A Whittle Doodle Mini is smaller versions of whittle-carving in a small block of basswood, in this case an inch and an eighth square by an inch and seven eighths tall. While the block of wood is smaller so are the carvings that embellish the four sides and top of the block. Doodling with a knife allows for the imagination to take the carver into the adventure of creativity with a serendipity result. Read the rest of this entry »


WHITTLE DOODLE Block for Walking Staff

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Whittle Doodles

whitttle doodle                        whitttle doodle

Here is a Whittle Doodle carved as a segment for a walking stick used as a fund raiser for the Buckeye Round Up in July. Once again it is an example of a variety of intentional doodling with a knife in a block of wood an inch and half square by three inches tall. The visual study of each photo will tell the “rest of the story.” Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Whittle Doodles

                                       Whittle Doodle Faces

Carole Williams created a composite photo of the various views of the CCA Whittle Doodle Trade Piece. The way that she combined the various views has emphasized the multiple faces carved into a block of basswood. She is a true artist with the computer and Photo Shop wizardry. Thank you Carole.




CCA Whittle Doodle

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, CCA Related, Whittle Doodles

                                CCA Trade Piece

Each year at the Annual Meeting of the Caricature Carvers of America each active member participates in trading a carving with each other using a scheduled formula.  The WOOD BEE CARVER carved a Whittle Doodle as his 2015 Trade Piece.  Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives


Stropping by hand on a leather strop impregnated with an abrasive compound of choice is all that is needed to keep any of the WOOD BEE CARVER Signature Series knives made by HELVIE KNIVES tuned up and ready to carve. Read the rest of this entry »