ARTISTRY IN WOOD – November 12 and 13

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Upcoming Events

ARTISTRY IN WOOD SHOW  is November 12 and 13.  Over two hundred carvers and woodworkers will be displaying and selling their creations.  Carvings will be entered in competition to reveal some of the best carvings for this year.  Plenty of tool and wood vendors will be available for any carver’s needs.  The WOOD BEE CARVER will be located in booth # 1022 so come by and say “HOWDY.”  If not this year then plan on next year as this show should be on anybody’s “bucket list.”  The Santa holding the “30th Year Artistry in Wood”  sign will be the tree topper on a tree loaded with carved  ornaments.  The tree  is one of the raffle prizes.



   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Survivor Students

Fifteen students survived a two day Whittle-Carving class preceding the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show  in Northwest Ohio the last week end in October, 2011.  Students in the photograph are Jim Bodette, Jim Dupont, Bettye Jo Hansbarger, Ronald Hathaway, Gene Johnson, Carol Kent, Dot Kohl, Ken Kohl, Gwen Kuenzli, Chris Martin, Roger Martin, Jean McDonald, Kurt Reuynolds, Sanford Taylor, and Frank Yanko. Read the rest of this entry »


CCA MERIT AWARD – John Hoesman

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in CCA Related

  John Hoesman was presented a CCA Merit Award at the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show October 29-30, 2011.  John carves a very unique style of caricatures that captures the recognizable likeness of his subjects while at the same time exaggerating realism.

He received this award earlier in 2008 at the Artistry in Wood Show, Dayton, Ohio for his caricature carving of Woody Hayes, Ohio State Football coach. Read the rest of this entry »



   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 »