Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

Helvie Knives  makes four knives according to the WOOD BEE CARVER’s design to the Signature Series of specialty knives.  Rich Smithson and his wife Holli and daughter Skylar are the owners and manufacturers of the Helvie Knives line of carving knives.  The Signature Series  are handled with cherry wood receiving the art work of Rich who wood burns and paints the signature and logo on each knife. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives



Bud Murray makes four knives according to the WOOD BEE CARVER’s design in four different blade sizes.

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   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in CCA Related

The Annual Meeting of the Caricature Carvers of America  will convene September 21, 2012 in Sacramento, CA.  Membership   is limited to twenty five active members with an additional group of Emeritus Members who have served in past years.  At each Annual Meeting members trade carvings among themselves as a way to collect carvings of fellow members.  Here is a sneak peek at Trade Carvings from the 2011 meeting that is normally only seen by members at annual meeting and is shared here to highlight examples of caricature carvings. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Noggins


Tree Noggins  have been a staple carving project that is a good exercise in face carving with a rustic flair as well as a novelty carving that is popular at carving shows.  Here is the latest edition of Tree Noggins  to compliment previous postings on the same subject.  Leading the parade is another “split personality” carving in a basswood limb that contains both a white colored wood and a honey brown colored wood.  Looking straight into the face one can notice a crooked smile.  Looking at the profile of the white side of face one notices a smile while looking at the darker profile one sees a frown.  Sixteen Tree Noggins follow in a photographic journey with a variety of faces that were all carved using only a knife. (click on each photo to enlarge) Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Noggins


Egg Noggins  are carved out of a basswood hen egg into either a single head or an elongated bust.  Pictured here is a clown head, a couple of Clown busts, two Pirate busts and a candle carrying old geezer in his night shirt and cap.  These are a continuation of the ongoing development of Egg Noggins  depicted in earlier postings. (click on photo to enlarge) Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects


A Fifty Wedding Anniversary  gift was carved out of a butternut wood strip measuring six inches long, two and a half  inches tall and a half inch thick.  The letters ”L – O – V –E”  were drawn on the wood freehand with each letter slightly behind the preceding letter in a stair step fashion. Knife cuts were used to shape the letters with the help of a gouge.   A shallow gouge was used to texture the front of the letters while the number five was recessed in the back to join with the opening of the letter “O”  to form the number “50”. A Danish Oil finish was applied followed with a soft paste wax that was buffed to a rich sheen.  The Love plaque is intended to stand on its own as a table top decoration with the beauty of love backed up with fifty years of marriage.  All of which is a metaphor for a love that lasts.



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

The pumpkin egg noggin carved out of a basswood hen egg was being used as a “go by” in a class taught at the recent Caricature Carvers of America Seminar in Converse, Indiana.  Dale Kirkpatrick, aka Carver Dale was using it as a study guide while carving an egg noggin for himself.  A fly landed on the pumpkin’s  head and being the ever alert observer that he is, Dale took a picture at just the right time to capture an amusing scene.  It appears that the eyes of the pumpkin are looking directly at the uninvited fly. Now that is what is called “serendipity.” Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

Helvie Knives has added a new knife to the WOOD BEE CARVER’s Signature Knife Series with a smaller version of the Scimitar Blade shape of the # 2.  Even though it is much smaller yet it is more than a “detail” knife in that it can carve quite adequately a six inch figure as well as miniatures as evidenced by the photographs below.  (click on photos to enlarge) Read the rest of this entry »