11
Jul

HALF PINT MINIATURE GALLERY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

HALF PINT MINIATURE CARVINGS are three-inch-tall figures carved in the Whittle-Carving style of the Wood Bee Carver using only knives to carve these figures.  Miniatures are commonly defined as a carving that will fit into a two-inch cube. Three-inch miniature is the classification used by the Affiliated Wood Carvers Association at the International Woodcarvers Congress competition. “Half Pint” uses the half inch scale of a half inch equals a foot which makes “Half Pint” proportionally equal to half of the average height of six feet tall humans.

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4
Jul

UNCLE SAM ~ Happy Independence Day

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

UNCLE SAM carved in 2008 ~ six inches tall and inch and half square base, carved in the Whittle-Carving style of using only a knife.  Finish is Artist Oil Paint thinned with boiled linseed oil and final coat of Deft.

             

UNCLE SAM carved in 2007 in the Whittle-Carving style of using only a knife ~ four inches tall and an inch square base.  Finish is Artist Oil Paint thinned with boiled linseed oil and final coat of Deft.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY ~ JULY 4, 2020

9
Jun

KAROLINAKARVER ~ A Carving Friend

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

Mark Akers of Lexington, SC is a carving friend spanning several years who has developed a unique style of carving that is his signature.  Professionally he is known as “KarolinaKarver” and has his carvings posted for sale on “Etsy- KarolinaKarver.”  Mark has published several articles in Woodcarving Illustrated and has taught at the Renegade Round Up in Lebanon, TN a few times and will teach again there this October.

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26
May

WHITTLE DOODLE BLOCK HEADS 2

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives, Whittle Doodles

Whittle Doodle Block Heads 2 was carved in a basswood block measuring two inches square and seven eights inch tall.  Eight heads were carver around the four sides with a skull carved in the center.  Newly made OTHER KNIVES for Miniature Carving were used to carve each head at random times over a period of a few days.  The time in between the actual carving was used to imagine what faces to carve next.  This “imagination” time is an essential time for any carving project while following the “Imagination Rule: if it can be imagined it can be.”

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25
May

OTHER KNIVES for Carving Miniatures

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

The knives pictured above are OTHER KNIVES for Carving Miniatures. Miniatures are any smaller carvings that will fit in a two-inch cube.  OTHER KNIVES is the name given to indicate experimental knives made by the Wood Bee Carver for his personal use.  Three of the knives in the photos are modified Helvie mini-detail knives and the other with the pistol shaped handles were made using old pocket knife blades that were reshaped and sharpened by hand.

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6
May

WHITTLE DOODLE BLOCK HEADS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Whittle Doodles

The WOOD BEE CARVER has always been fascinated with the carving of faces by attempting to make each face have a personality of its own.  This Whittle Doodle Block Heads carving was carved in a two-inch square by inch tall block of basswood.

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1
May

A KNIFE STORY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

The WOOD BEE CARVER is primarily a knife carver who also has enjoyed the sideline activity of turning old pocket knives into carving knives.  Old junk pocket knives were purchased very cheaply at junk stores, flea markets and garage sales over the years for the purpose of salvaging these once noble instruments of boyhood lore.

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24
Apr

MERTZ STUDY CUTS STICK

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Tutorials

This posting is a visual and written description of this Study Cuts Stick that was used when teaching wood carving classes. The WOOD BEE CARVER would place small boxes on the student’s tables that contained pencils, band aids, leather strops, a couple carving knives and a Mertz Study Cuts stick for reference during class sessions.

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