Remember the old childhood puzzle with random dots jumbled on the page with a number adjacent to each dot? The puzzle was to draw a line from the dot beginning with number 1 to connect with the dot with a number 2 and then number 3, number 4 and so forth until all the dots were connected to reveal a hidden picture. Read the rest of this entry »
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SECRET TO SUCCESS ~A motivational speaker opened his remarks by saying, “The secret to my success is that I have always followed the two ‘Rules of Success,’ Rule number 1, ‘Never tell everything you know,’ … The audience waited with baited anticipation for the second rule and then it dawned on them after a long pause that Rule 1 was the clue to not telling the second rule.
Some woodcarvers want everything spelled out for the carving of a particular project that leaves nothing to the imagination. Well there is no easy path to learning to carve. There is only “learning by doing” that becomes the best path for learning to carve. The WOOD BEE CARVER’S motto: “Would be carvers would be carvers if they would carve wood,” is the rule of success for carving. Read the rest of this entry »
BUZZ: Check out two new additions to the BEE HIVE box in the right column. Two articles reprinted by permission by CHIP CHATS written by the Wood Bee Carver many years ago that still have relevant instructional information: WHITTLE FOLKS from the Nov-Dec 1992 issue and WHITTLE FOLK ‘POKES from May-Jun 1998 issue of Chip Chats. All items in BEE HIVE are visible and printable documents for instructional purposes.
BUZZ: Under the MAIN MENU check out “Blog Index Map” as an easy way to find postings by Category and Title. Another way to find postings is to check out CATEGORIES and then scroll down through each Category beginning with the latest posting down to earlier postings in order to Brose what each posting looks like. For example under CATEGORIES a new listing has been added entitled “Tu Tor Plus” which are Tutorials for frequent reference.
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The motto of the WOOD BEE CARVER “Would be carvers would be carvers if they would carve wood,” was coined in the mid 1970’s to imply that wood carvers are always learning. Carving is learned primarily by carving with the experience that the more one carves the better one carves. Simply thinking about carving, reading carving magazines, carving books or watching instructional videos while day dreaming about carving is not the same as actually using a cutting tool to shape a piece of wood. It is that familiar experience of using the cutting tool slicing through the wood in the carving process that becomes the best learning experience.
Learning to carve is an ongoing process that grows with each time one carves. The growth in learning by doing is enhanced the more often one carves. One who carves every day will grow in learning more than carving only once a week or once a month or the next carving seminar. If one is not familiar with the various cuts the cutting tool can do in shaping a block on wood, then one struggles with making any cuts. That struggle is handcuffed by being afraid of making a wrong cut because one has not yet learned the various cuts that can be made. That struggle becomes more difficult from the lack of practice of shaping the wood by impeding the ability to see or imagine a cut before it is made. Looking and studying a completed carving either as a model go by or a photo of a carving without imaging how the cuts were made to shape the carving will confuse the occasional carver. Practice, practice, practice is only advised because it works and if one practices doing nothing one gets pretty good at doing nothing. On the other hand, if one carves more, one learns and becomes a better carver in that kind of practice. Read the rest of this entry »
The carving pictured to the left came up missing at a recent woodcarving show by a “sleight of hand” purchase of a “display only” carving. After having posted its being missing on this blog (now deleted) and on Woodcarving Illustrated Forum and Facebook, the person in possession of the carving telephoned and then returned the carving by mail. Without going into a lot of detail, suffice it to say that the carving is safely home.
Whittle Doodles carved by the WOOD BEE CARVER as examples of what can be carved using only a knife carving free hand designs. Whittle Doodles are never for sale other that being donated for woodcarving shows and club’s silent auctions, raffles and fund raising activities. The one in the photos received a blue ribbon at the 2009 CCA Competition and is a less than two inch square block. It is “priceless” to the artist who is happy to have it back home. Read the rest of this entry »