Dave Lyons, maker of the famous Lyons Knives is now making two knives using the blade design developed by the WOOD BEE CARVER. Each blade is fashioned in a beautiful handle distinctive of a Lyons Knife. The handle fits comfortably in the cradle of the palm of the hand and fingers to allow for long periods of carving activity and can be easily rotated in the hand for guiding the cutting edge with cuts upside down, sideways or right side up. WBC-1 is the smaller version of a scimitar blade with an extended tang to allow for longer reach of the cutting edge as well as a place for the index finger to wrap around for close up detail carving. WBC – 2 is a larger scimitar blade with an extended tang for longer reach and use of entire blade. Both blades are designed for slicing cuts in a push stroke and a pull stroke.
To order for purchase either knife contact Dave either by telephone at 937-426-0085 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org keeping in mind that each knife is custom made so allow time for each knife to be made. Read the rest of this entry »
Just in time for Christmas, Steve Prescott has shared one of his latest caricature creations. In his own words he tells a little about how this idea came into reality while offering a few instructional insights along the way. In his own words, Steve says: Read the rest of this entry »
Jim Hecker is a good carving friend from Minnesota who knows about Gnomes, Tomte and Nisse and carves them as one of his carving subjects. He is giving a photographic and word essay of these delightful little creatures in his own words:
Gnomes originated in early Scandinavia and can be found in all of the Scandinavian countries. Over time they also established themselves in Europe, Russia, and Siberia. In the late nineteenth century many of them immigrated to Canada or the United States, especially the Upper Midwest where it stays a bit cooler. A gnome would be called a Tomte in Swedish and a Nisse in Norwegian. I like to use the name Tomte in recognition of my Swedish heritage.
The Tomte figure is associated especially with the Christmas season as the bearer of gifts, which may be why some think they are distant relatives of Santa Claus. The Tomte and his colleagues are around all year and they would be a great asset to any farm, home, or business. If treated well, a Tomte can be a good helper and faithful companion for his hosts, potentially bringing them good fortune and protecting them from misfortune. A Tomte is usually friendly, but if mistreated or scoffed at, he can also be mischievous, even a bit nasty. Many people confuse the Tomte and Nisse with trolls, but three biologists who were consulted do not feel they are related. Woodcarvers Harley Refsal and Joel Hull are my main sources of information about the Tomte and Nisse. Read the rest of this entry »
“Four Faces” was the blue ribbon winner in the Miniature Class at the Artistry in Wood Show in Dayton in 2012. Pictures of other winners may be viewed on the Dayton Carvers Guild website http://www.daytoncarvers.com/ Click on link and be amazed at the beauty and artistic appeal of woodcarvings and wood working projects. Plan now to attend the 2013 show November 9 and 10.
John Niggemeyer and his wife Sara of Heath, Ohio are regular exhibitors at woodcarving shows in the Ohio area. John is a prolific carver of various carving subjects be it chip carving, realistic, bark, caricature or ornamental. His creative eye as well as his sharp carving ability always display an unique and eye popping carving display. Here are examples of his carvings at a couple of recent shows that also show the many ribbons his carvings garner. John is truly an inspiration to all who admire his creativity. And besides that he and Sara are the nicest people one will ever meet. Thank you John and Sara for your friendship to the carving family. Read the rest of this entry »