1
Apr

PROGRESSIVE STEPS ~ A Learning Tool

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Tutorials

 

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30
Mar

SITTING POSTURE PROPORTIONS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Tutorials

The RULE OF THREE for proportional divisions of the face and body for a carved figure can also be applied for a sitting posture of a carved figure.  The Rule of Three for body proportions once the head has been established divides the rest of the body into equal proportions: Shoulder to Waist; Waist to Mid Knees: Mid Knees to Bottom of Feet.  This guide works well for a standing figure and it can also be applied to a sitting figure using the three divisions bending at the waist and bending at the knees. Keep in mind that the Rule of Three is “Proportional Measurement” of the eye and mind in which the three proportions appear to be somewhat equal. So, with a sitting posture the eye and mind have to compensate for the hip portion of the middle third between the waist and the mid knees to calculate an approximate equalizing of the proportions.  After all, proportions help to create an averaged normalized look of what appears about correct. It just looks right in a proportional perspective.  The WOOD BEE CARVER has always utilized “Baseball Measurement,” that is “In the ballpark” of appearing just about right.

                                      

15
Mar

PROPORTIONS AS GUIDE FOR DESIGN

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Tutorials

 

The WOOD BEE CARVER has used the concept of “proportions” as a way to envision the design of a carving project.  The RULE OF THREE has been the primary guide for facial features and body pose by dividing areas of consideration into three equal proportions.  Proportional measuring is a combination of “eye and brain” working together that will apply to any size of a carving project.  The photo below is a visual study guide for the male figure as an example to be applied to any male figure.

                         

 

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27
Feb

THREE AMIGOS II

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

                     

The photo above is of the Three Amigos ~ Rusty, Crusty and Dusty.  The first versions of these Cowpokes carved in 2009 can be viewed by clicking on THREE AMIGOS.  In this version presented here represents a 2021 interpretation with slight variations in age and color of their outfits.  A tutorial for carving Crusty may be viewed by clicking on Carving a Cowpoke. The tutorial can be adapted for carving any cowpoke with slight adjustments in pose, outfits and hand positions.

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21
Feb

DOODLE DOODS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

Doodle Doods came into being as a byproduct of demonstration carvings done by the instructor in many classes over the years.  The demonstration was part of a lesson on teaching the planes and angles of a male face as they fit into the Rule of Three of Facial proportions. The photo below shows the progression from a block of wood to a carved face.

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16
Feb

PHOTO TUTORIAL ~ CARVING A COWPOKE

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Tutorials

This series of photographs presents a brief visual tutorial on the opening phase of carving a Cowpoke which can be applied to any Cowpoke.

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16
Feb

HAROLD ENLOW Rough Out

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

Harold Enlow is perhaps the one name that is synonymous with caricature carving as a carver, author and instructor.  His knowledge of carving is only surpassed by his quick wit and down to earth out going personality. For over fifteen years I have possessed one of his rough outs of a hillbilly couple.  Well, here it is 2021 and I finally got around to carving and painting this rough out.  There is little to be said about this carving that can be added to what the carving says in its visual presentation. The photos allow the carving to speak for itself as a Harold Enlow design interpreted by the Wood Bee Carver. Thank you, Harold.

                              

5
Feb

REMEMBERING LARRY PIETY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

                         

                           Remembering LARRY PIETY ~ 3/22/41 – 2/3/21

Larry Piety and I have been carving friends for over 25 years.  He ended his life’s journey February 3, 2021 but continues to live on in the act of remembering.  Memories remembered are almost as good as when the memory was first made and made even better in the gratitude of the one remembered.  Remembering Larry is to acknowledge for those who knew him, that we are better persons for having known him.  His love for his wife Jeannie and his family is the gift he has given to those he loved.  His gift to students and education as a teacher, coach and administrator are lessons that inspired generations of those who knew him.  The gift of his keen mind with questing interests, his conversational questions showed his sincere interest in other people’s stories, his good humor, quick wit and winsome smile drew us to his magnetic personality.  His faith in God and helping hand service of loving neighbor shines a light on the path for us to follow.  His creative gifts of working with wood and woodcarving exposed the beauty within his soul. And most especially those personal memories of his friendship of his kindred spirit will be with us as we remember all he means to us.  The best that we can say about Larry is that we are better persons for having known him.  “Thank you, Larry.”