Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects


Buzz Buzzard  is a character study of a caricature of an old man standing at the twilight of days with a gaze back in time to a younger time when spring was in his step and winter was a cold breeze far away.  Now the days have accelerated towards the winter of his days with only summer memories to warm his soul. At least that is one story this carving may be telling since the purpose of a carving is to tell a story to the imagination of the observer. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Knives

The photograph shows a Clown writing pen and a Hobbit carved recently for  Helvie Knives  for their private collection.  The writing pen began as a ball point pen cartridge inserted into a short and a longer block of basswood to see an example of what could be carved as a carved writing pen.  The Hobbit was carved out of a five inch tall by two and three quarters inch square block.

A picture is worth a thousand words suggests what can be learned from studying pictures in this photographic journey.

The first photographic journey is of the Clown writing pen showing the front and back view followed by a picture of the Helvie Signature Series # 3 knife used to carve the Clown.

The Hobbit was carved to form using a Helvie Limited Special Edition  larger two and a half inch scimitar blade in a Pakkawood handle. A smaller two inch scimitar bladed knife, the Signature Series # 2 and a Collector’s Series knife were used for refining the form into detail carving of the overall figure Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

Helvie Knives  offers for sale a basswood blank handled knife that can be carved into whatever design the carver chooses.  Below are photographs of examples of knife handles that have been carved. Creative imagination results in very unique, one of a kind carved knife handle.  For more information go to “Cool Links”  and click on “Helvie Knives.”   Additional examples of  carved knife handles may be viewed by clicking on this hot link: ” Helvie Knives Collection”  and this hot link for Caricature Carvers of America or CCA’s    “Helvie Knife Handle Project”

As can be seen each carved handle is unique and one of a kind  heirloom creation. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects


Traveler was carved as one of those serendipity carvings that is an interplay of creative imagination partnering with the activity of carving to create a new carving subject.  Often in the act of carving the action of the knife shaping a piece of wood will almost dictate the carving design.  That is the way “Traveler” came into existence and when finished he had the appearance of a man of experience out for a walk towards the horizon of an unexplored journey.  The Original Traveler is the one in the middle of the four photographs above. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in BEE Buzz

 SPUD BILLY SEZ :  “Cool Links”  on this blog list vendors, organizations and individuals who might have items for sale or services that are of interest to woodcarvers.  Do not trust an email to always get through due to security systems on some computers.  Back up an email with a phone call or phone first to be sure of availability of items desired. Bud Murray found many emails from potential customers had gone into the spam folder, so if someone did not hear back from him, accept his apology and next time give him a phone call.  Thanks.

“No Comment,”  is the position of this blog as its main purpose is instructional, informative and encouraging of woodcarving.  Other blogs may be set up for interactive comments and ongoing discussions, but for this blog, comments are not solicited due to uncontrollable spam and spurious dirty tricks.  So do not try to log in to make comments because that function is basically blocked.

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No Sale”  from this blog which is designed to give instructional, informational and encouraging of woodcarving items of interest to all who visit.  The WOOD BEE CARVER participates in a few woodcarving shows throughout the year where carvings may be purchased.

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.”  



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

Woodcarving is an open door to friendships made and being made.  A carving can be an extension of the personality of the carver, so much so that we can know the carver through their carving without having met one another in real life.

The “Cajun Band”  carved by Dan Slater   is an example of the “Woodcarving Friendship Connection.” Read the rest of this entry »


HELVIE KNIVES – Signature Series # 3

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

Helvie Knives  is introducing Series # 3 Signature knife of the WOOD BEE CARVER series that can be considered a “detail carving knife.”  The knife is pictured in front of two characters called “Traveler” which were carved using the knife in the picture.  Each “Traveler” is carved out of a one inch square by three inch tall block of basswood.  The Series # 3 Signature knife blade is an inch and a quarter long with a curving up cutting edge to meet the twelve degree slope of the back edge.  This design of the blade allows for a slicing cut almost any way it is used in a push or pull slice as well as sideway, upside down and right side up direction of the slicing cut.  Go to “Cool Links”  and click on “Helvie Knives”  to find ordering information.



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Survivor Students

Two three day classes in Whittle-Carving were held at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca, NY April 20 through 25.  Twelve students made up the first three day class and thirteen students made up the second three day class. Read the rest of this entry »