SUPER BEE ~ Signature Series Knives by HELVIE

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SUPER BEE KNIVESscimitar-knives

HELVIE KNIVES introduces the SUPER BEE Signature Series Knife, the latest Wood Bee Carver Signature Knife (photo on left above).  The SUPER BEE (#28) (middle of photo above on Right) is the medium blade size version of the basic scimitar blade design by the Wood Bee Carver as in the earlier TWO BEE (# 2)  (bottom of photo) and the BEE FOUR (# 4)  (top of photo.) The SUPER BEE comes in a pistol shaped handle of walnut wood with logo and names wood burned by Rich Smithson, owner and operator of HELVIE KNIVES. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Whittle Doodles


“Inside the Block” is a depiction of a common carving saying that says, “Inside every block of wood is a carving waiting to come out.” The three examples presented in the photographic display were carved using only knives in the Whittle-Carving style of the WOOD BEE CARVER. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, CCA Related


The Organ Grinder Man and his Monkey were carved for the “1930’s Street Scene” CCA book a few years ago.  It is a picture of an earlier time when street musicians would gather a crowd of passerby’s who would stop to listen to the music and delight in the antics of the monkey as he made his way through the crowd collecting coins in his cup. Life was simpler then and life was hard and yet there was always a bit of music and monkey shines to take the hard edge off one’s troubles.  As you view the Organ Grinder and Monkey in these photographs below may you hear the music and dance with the monkey on the street corner of your mind. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects


Old men of the sea are often called “Old Sea Captain” or “Old Salt” as a way of romanticizing those rugged old timers who have salt running through their veins, an eye on the distant horizon and a memory of past adventure.  These three carvings of Old Salts are a study as to using a pose and posture to tell a different story of a similar subject.  All three are wearing the same basic clothing, the same curved smoking pipe and the same style of beard.  What makes each different from the other two is the positions of their hands. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects


Buckeye Carvings were carved in preparation for the recent Buckeye Round Up in July of some of the subjects that could be carved as a learning experience taught by the WOOD BEE CARVER.  Each one is carved out of an inch and half square by three inch tall block of basswood using only a knife to carve each subject. Read the rest of this entry »


FULL MOON ~ Simple Beauty in Art

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends, Carving Projects

                                                     Mieczyslaw Wojtkowski FULL MOON

Art and music are the universal language spoken without words and yet understood with a sense of wonder and needs no interpretation.  Such was the case when the WOOD BEE CARVER first viewed a photograph of a bas relief carving entitled “FULL MOON” and carved by an artist from Poland, Mieczyslaw Wojtkowski. Click on his name to go to his blog to be amazed at an array of beauty in a variety of sculpture art including relief, in the round and chain saw works of art. An award winning artist whose art speaks to all languages without translation even though his blog can be translated from his native Polish into the reader’s language. Read the rest of this entry »

Whittle Doodle     Artistry in Wood     whittle doodle

Rich Smithson of HELVIE KNIVES created a commemorative knife for the Artistry in Wood Show ~ September 3 and 4 at the Roberts Centre, Wilmington, OH ~ to be raffled off at the Dayton Carvers Guild table during the show.  The WOOD BEE CARVER carved a Whittle Doodle to become the knife blade holder to go with the special knife. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

                                dale kirkpatrick

Dale Kirkpatrick is a very talented carver who takes on challenging projects in order to challenge himself to do his best while improving as he does so.  He carves a variety of subjects and may be best known for carving wooden thread spools. Read the rest of this entry »