Whittle Half Pints are three inch tall figures that are carved a half inch to a foot scale. They begin as an inch square by three inch tall block of basswood. Read the rest of this entry »
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Whittle Half Pints are three inch tall figures that are carved a half inch to a foot scale. They begin as an inch square by three inch tall block of basswood. Five more Half Pints are displayed in this photo review. Read the rest of this entry »
The Mini Gnome Wizard is a mini version of the original three inch by inch and half square Gnome Wizard. The Mini Gnome Wizard is an inch and half tall by an inch square. The first photo above is of the Mini with a penny for comparison of size. The next two photos are of original Gnome Wizard three inches tall for comparison. The final four photos below are of various views of the Mini Gnome Wizard with monochrome finish of artist oil paint color Raw Sienna mixed with boiled linseed oil. Whittle-Carving style of carving only with a knife allows for creating pristine details in a small package. The twist of the pose allows for a sense of movement in this fun little project. (click on photo to enlarge)
Whittle Doodles are doodling with a knife while shaping a block of wood with a variety of carving designs. The Mini Whittle Doodle is carved into an inch square by three quarters of inch block of basswood using a small bladed knife to carve four faces and embellish with freehand chip carved designs. The knife was made by the carver using the same blade material Bud Murray uses to make his knives (planer blade steel). (click on each photo to enlarge) Read the rest of this entry »
Rain Drop Shively is a miniature carving of a fellow smoking a pipe and leaning of his umbrella. Miniatures are always a challenge of finesse cuts that are precise in making each cut count. Miniatures are carved with gentle slicing cuts using primarily the tip end of a small blade in which each cut is intentional. Read the rest of this entry »
MINIATURE Carvings are normally under two inches tall and for competition purposes must fit within a two inch cube including the base. The three Miniatures in the photograph at the left begin on the left with I. B. Whittled (two inch tall) in center is Jughead (one and three eighths of inch tall) and Santa head on golf tee (two inches tall). Each were carved using only the tip end of a knife blade.
The very tip end of any blade that comes to a quick point is the detail blade portion of the entire blade as only a fraction of the blade is doing the carving. The next series of photographs show several Miniatures and the knife that carved the miniature figure using only the tip end of the blade. Read the rest of this entry »
The WOOD BEE CARVER is primarily a knife carver who started out as a young boy whittling with a pocket knife. Thus, the pocket knife has been the first favorite carving knife even though custom made knives and commercial knives make up the arsenal of Whittle-Carving tools.
The key, learned over the years of experience is that a knife properly sharpened, no matter the make or brand will serve as a reliable carving tool. Whittle-Carving is a term the WOOD BEE CARVER uses to describe carving a hand held project and using only a knife to carve the wood to its final detail. Read the rest of this entry »