Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Tutorials


Here are some of the painted figures who were subjects in previous posting on the Study of Go By’s.  A splash of color gives an added dimension to a carving.  The colors invite a further investigation of each carving to discover the subtle details that add a sense of movement, a telltale detail of added interest as well as character in facial features.  Allow each photograph to be a lesson in observation to study the ebb and flow of the story being told by each carving.  (Click on each photo to enlarge and then use the back arrow to return to main page) Read the rest of this entry »


THE BRAWL by Chris Hammack ~ a Carving Friend

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends, CCA Related

C. Hammack

Chris Hammack’s latest creation is entitled “The Brawl”  which  is highlighted in a series of photographs of the progressive process of carving in a block of basswood. Read the rest of this entry »


WOW ~ One of a Kind ~ Helvie Knife Collection

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

Helvie Knives

Rich, Holli and Skylar Smithson, owners and manufacturers of Helvie Knives  are passionate about the Kokomo Humane Society and have created a “One of a Kind” knife collection as a prize for a raffle fund raiser. The photographs and written description invites all who would like to participate in this fund raiser by purchasing a raffle ticket. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

Folk Art EagleFolk Art Eagle

A friend had an antique folk art Fraternal Order of Eagles wall plaque that was missing an eagle that had broken off.  The friend wanted an eagle carved to replace the broken one so this became a project of carving a “folk eagle” using traditional carving tools.  The WOOD BEE CARVER is primarily a knife carver but will on occasion use the “real” carving tools in addition with a knife. Read the rest of this entry »


JIM HECKER ~ A Carving Friend

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

Matt's DadMatt's DadDraawingsKnives Used

Jim Hecker recently carved an accordion player and has documented the carving process and progress with photographs and a brief written description. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives, Tutorials

Broken Tip

Breaking the tip on a carving knife is inevitable.  It happens because the tip is the thinnest and narrowest part of the blade and takes the most stress and pressure when it is used for making entry stop cuts and for carving in a circular motion.  It can be slowed down by always remembering to begin the slicing action before twisting the point of the blade to make a circular cut. If the tip bends over or breaks do not panic or blame the knife maker.  Simply follow the tip to reshaping the tip of a carving knife described below with a photo tutorial for a cutting edge that curves up at tip. Read the rest of this entry »


STUDY using Go-Bys ~ 3

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Tu Tor Plus, Tutorials

Face Go ByFace Go ByFace Go ByStudy Go ByStudy Go ByStudy Go By

A Go By Study of faces can help any carver to “see” and imagine what is in a face in order to carve faces in wood.  The first photograph above shows a head carved to basic form.  The middle photograph shows descriptions of the major cuts at the landmarks of the face at the eye, the juncture of the nostril, smile line and upper dental curve and the mouth mound.  These cuts make good foundations for carving in the details of the eyes, mouth, teeth, nose and ears as seen in the finished carved head and face in the third photograph.  The Second row of photographs are of three views comparing the two head. Read the rest of this entry »


STUDY using Go-Bys ~ 2

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Tutorials

Go By StudyGo By StudyGo By Study

In the previous posting on Go By Study the emphasis was placed upon being able to “see” a carving project in one’s imagination, in a block of wood and while carving the project to its basic form. The series of four photographs above shows examples of the progressive stages in carving a hillbilly carrying a jug of corn squeezings.  The figure on the left shows the hat, head and chest carved to basic form with the remaining portion of the block marked with guidelines.  The center figure is carved to basic form while the figure on the right is a finished figure.  The four views provide a visual tutorial of the observation of comparison for a Go By lesson. Read the rest of this entry »