Rich Smithson along with his wife Holli and daughter Skylar own and manufacture Helvie Knives. Besides making popular carving knives, Rich is also an artist who decorates many special edition knife handles with his wood burning creations. Read the rest of this entry »
Doc Holiday is a historic figure who was part of the Gunfight at the OK Corral of Western lore. Many stories and movies interpreted with artistic license the character of Doc Holiday and there is no definitive and accurate account of where fact ends and fiction begins. Carving a figure of Doc Holiday becomes the imagination of the carver through various depictions of the Western outfit. In this case Doc is wearing a long dark duster over his suit vest, string tie and trousers. He is carrying a double barreled shot gun in his right hand while the butt of a pistol peaks out of the edge of the left side of his duster. Read the rest of this entry »
“Never judge a book by its cover,” is a wise old saying that is often truer than fiction and yet it is the cover that invites a look inside the book. Steve Prescott was commissioned to develop a book cover for a collector friend, author Coleman Archer who has written a collection of short stories about western life in the Texas panhandle in the early 1900’s. Read the rest of this entry »
The BEFORE and AFTER photographs of the “Cowboy Limo” created by CCA Member Steve Prescott demonstrates how a good idea can be made even better. The “Cowboy Limo” was first introduced to this blog in the February 1, 2012 posting entitled “Steve Prescott – Cowboy Limo” (which can be found by going to “Main Menu” in order to click on “Blog Site Map” which will bring up a written index of postings by title listed under “Categories” and look under “Carving Friends” to find the title of the posting).
Even though the Cowboy Limo in the BEFORE photograph stands alone as a eye-catcher of a caricature carving, yet its “presentation” is enhanced with the “Better Idea” presented in the AFTER photograph. Read the rest of this entry »
The award is presented to a carver who exemplifies the art of caricature carving and as an encouragement for the advancement of caricature carving. Ray has demonstrated over the years at various woodcarving shows his unique creativity and imagination of carving caricature scenes. CCA Members who presented the award to Ray are pictured left to right: Jack Williams, Don Mertz, Joe Schumacher, Ray Price, Bruce Henn, Dave Stetson and Gary Falin.
The picture below is of Ray at his display and shows two of his caricature carvings.
CCA MERIT AWARD was presented to Arnold Smith of Adrian, GA at the Artistry in Wood Show in Dayton, OH on November 11, 2012. The award is presented to a carver who exemplifies the art of caricature carving and as an encouragement for the advancement of caricature carving.
. CCA Members who presented the award to Arnold are pictured left to right: Jack Williams, Don Mertz, Arnold Smith, Bruce Henn, Gary Falin, Joe Schumacher and Dave Stetson.
Arnold has sharpened his caricature carving skills over the years and has shown his carvings at woodcarving shows in the South. This is his first time to show at Dayton and his caricature laden table speaks for itself of the excellence in caricature carving. The following photographs are of Arnold at his display table with examples of his caricature carvings.
Recently I was given a fisherman/sea captain figure by two carving friends who thought it looked a little like the Wood Bee Carver by its style of beard. It is one of those tourist souvenir carvings that has been around for years that used a “flat plane” style of carving technique to economically produce a lot of lookalike carvings.
Harley Refsal has been the most notable authority on Flat Plane Carving as a historian, carver and author of Flat Plane Carving projects. Flat Plane carving has its origin in Scandinavia countries and may have influenced such carvers as Emil Janel and Andy Anderson and the anonymous carvers of tourist souvenirs in cottage industry seventy five years ago.
The characteristic long and broad whittling strokes that create a “flat plane” on the surface of a carving create a minimalistic and folk art beauty to this style of carvings. Flat Plane carving offered a quick approach to earlier cottage industry for making repetitious carving strokes in an assembly line fashion to turn out carvings as cheaply as possible for the tourist gift shop trade. Read the rest of this entry »
Ft. Worth Hobo is a second version of Hillsboro Hobo as described in a previous posting under the category of Hobos. He is the second hobo that is beginning to take shape in the last series of the Hillsboro Hobo picture display.
This photographic journey is a visual study of the completion of a second hobo with similar characteristic to Hillsboro Hobo.