Two dimensional artists often work out a creative design by drawing variations of the same theme over and over again in a sketch book. It is all a part of an artistic study to see and experience what the creative imagination envisions. Woodcarvers do the same by carving a themed subject over and over again. Every carving project is a journey in learning as well as allowing the creative sub conscious to partner with the carver in creating variations on a common theme. Every carving is a practice piece that provides another journey down a familiar path that has twists and turns not seen on previous journeys. Read the rest of this entry »
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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 »
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Woodbeecarver.com is a virtual tour of the journey of carving projects and ideas by the WOOD BEE CARVER that are shared openly to all who visit by way of the internet.
Thank you for your visits and always remember “Would be carvers would be carvers it they would carve wood.” After each visit, carve something on your own realizing “that the more you carve the better you carve” and the only way to learn is to “carve as often as possible.”
The beginning of a New Year signals a clean slate of opportunities and possibilities for having a “Carveful” New Year. Like a block of wood awaits the heart and hand of creativity to unlock its secrets, so the New Year awaits the carver to carve out a new niche for creativity. That will only happen as hand is put to the carving tool to guide its sharpness into the wood to shape it. Carving is learning by doing and the only way one grows in the carving experience is to carve. “Would be carvers would be carvers if they would carve wood,” has been the WOOD BEE CARVER’S motto born out of the experience of carving for over forty years.
None of us are getting any younger and we lament for not starting to carve earlier in life. Well, today is the rest of our lives, and to make the best of the life we have left, today and every day is the best time to carve more to open up the secrets hidden in the carving experience. Read the rest of this entry »
BEE ALL YOU CAN BEE ~ The Bumble Bee can not fly, at least that was the determination of aerodynamic engineers who concluded that the Bumble Bee’s wings are too small and weak and its body too large and heavy to be able to fly.
BUT no one told the Bumble Bee and it flies.
Be all you can be by always thinking, “ I can if I try for I am to be all I can be.”
The WOOD BEE CARVER sez, “Would be carvers would be carvers it they would carve wood.”
~~~~~BEE ALL YOU CAN BEE!~~~~~
THINK INSIDE THE BLOCK can be taken one of two ways. One is to “think inside the block HEAD,” as in using one’s head in the carving process. One can not carve what one does not see inside their head, inside imagination and inside creative dreaming. The other “think inside the block,” is to look deep into a block of wood with imagination to see the carving to be set free during the carving process.
That which is in one’s “Block Head” is all of one’s carving experiences and desire to carve an idea that awaits to be set free. Each carver builds upon what one has already experienced while at the same time allowing the carving process to lead into new experiences of creativity. But that will never happen unless the carver puts the carving tool into the block of wood to begin the process of removing excess wood to set free the carving inside the block. Read the rest of this entry »
These three photographs of two views of a Civil War Soldier bust and a Sea Captain bust show the beginning of busts carved to their basic form. They are ready to receive detail carving to bring life to their face and outfits. Read the rest of this entry »