Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

Tree Topper

October Whittlings  are a variety of carving projects that were done to get ready for upcoming shows,  to replace popular subjects or just for the fun of it.  All were carved using only a knife in the Whittle-Carving style of the WOOD BEE CARVER. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends, Knives

Rich Smithson of  Helvie Knives  announces that he is making Collector’s Edition Knives  bearing his own wood burned artwork on the handle of all the caricature images of the Signature Series of knives. The photographs above show both sides and top and bottom of the six inch long cherry handle trimmed with pakkawood. Those who participate in the Signature Series are Tom Brown, Gerald Sears, Bruce Henn, Chris Hammack, Mark Akers, Randy True, Floyd Rhadigan and Don Mertz.

These special Collector’s Edition Knives  will sell for $100 each and take up to four weeks to be shipped after order is placed due to the hand burned art work done one at a time.  Knife blade shapes will include Standard Helvie Long, Roughout, Detail or Universal Scimitar (as in photo above).  Inquiries and orders may be placed with Rich or wife Holli at Helvie Knives. Read the rest of this entry »


The MAD Art of Caricature!

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Tutorials


Tom Richmond,  a MAD Magazine  artist has just published his book on the art of drawing caricatures. It contains a vast library of instructional information on the art of caricature that can easily be beneficial to wood carvers, of both caricature and realistic human faces and figures. Tom draws two dimensional art with pencil/pen on paper and what he presents in the book can be applied to carving in wood. Carving in wood is to draw with a knife three dimensional art. His book may be ordered off his blog site: http://www.tomrichmond.com/blog/ for $29.95 which includes shipping.

Below are photographs of examples of pages that are published in the book that begins with a workable definition of what is a caricature and proceeds with each chapter covering the various elements in exaggerating realism into caricature of the various facial features.  Using his “basic caricature theory” Tom covers head shapes and caricaturing of facial features.  He then goes beyond the face to include drawing live caricatures and use of caricature in illustration.  Of course, being an artist for MAD Magazine,  Tom adds many anecdotal vignettes about MAD. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, CCA Related

Once again my good friend “Idea Monster”  Don Stephenson has drawn a very unique carving idea of a Civil War Soldier who is sitting on a keg of gun powder, smoking a pipe and is striking a match.  This gives a whole new meaning to “Discharged.”

Caricature carving is to exaggerate realism both in the carving and in the scene that is being depicted of a match being struck on the top of a keg of gun powder. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends, Carving Projects

Helvie Knives markets a ready to carve basswood handled knife for any carver who would like to carve a unique handle.

A carving friend wanted a Pirate knife handle carved for another friend and a Wizard knife handle carved for himself. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

Michael Keller has just posted a very informative  “woodcarvers’ public service announcement” about health and safety.  Check it out at http://whiteeaglestudios.wordpress.com/ and while you are there look over his entire web log and then web site.  He is a “carver’s carver” and a good friend who is an artist with wood and an artist with words.



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Upcoming Events




   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Noggins


TREE NOGGINS are whimsical faces carved into basswood tree limbs to create a rustic look.  Carved using only a knife, these Tree Noggins have been a fun carving project over the years that when added up total over five hundred faces carved since 1985. Read the rest of this entry »