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17
Oct

KNIFE COLLECTION SALE

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Knives

DON MERTZ COLLECTION HELVIE KNIVES SIG SERIES 21 #0001 W/CARVED BLADE COVER (see photo) is the current knife listed on eBay. Since the Wood Bee Carver has retired from teaching and participating in carving shows he no longer carries an inventory of his Helvie Signature Series Knives. He is liquidating his personal collection of #1 and #2 of the Signature Series Knives as they were made by issuing three knives a week for the bidding process. Half way through the liquidation there are approximately 24 more knives to be listed. These knives were designed by the Wood Bee Carver with a curved cutting edge and specially designed shapes to aid in the Whittle-Carving process and made by HELVIE KNIVES. If interested is taking a look, go to eBay and search for “DON MERTZ COLLECTION HELVIE KNIVES…” to follow along the process.

14
Oct

LONE WOLF Redux

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

                                

Lone Wolf carving has appeared in earlier editions and this is the latest interpretation of this subject carved in Butternut measuring nine inches tall four inches wide and three inches deep.  Every carving of the same subject takes on its own personality due to the creative interpretation process that evolves in the “design by carving” process.

This process begins with a block of wood with square corners that are rounded off beginning with the head portion of the carving.  Once the head portion has been established the block is divided using the Rule of Three of body proportions into the three sections ~ Shoulder to Waist; Waist to Mid Knees; and Mid Knees to Bottom of feet. Into these three sections the arms, hands, legs, feet and clothing landmarks are drawn as guidelines.  These guidelines guide the removal of wood while working towards the major part of the body.

 

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13
Oct

WHITTLING JIM HECKER ~ a Carving Friend

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Friends

 

 Jim Hecker of Elk River, MN and I have been carving friends since 2009 when we met at the International Woodcarver Congress in Iowa and have shared a common bond of friendship through carving activities ever since. He has mastered his own style of Flat Plane carving into what I call the “Hecker Style.”

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12
Aug

THE FUNDAMENTALIST Redux

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

   

The first Fundamentalist was carved in 2002 out of a three inch square by six inch tall basswood block. In an August, 2008 entry of this blog ~ (click on) Carving “The Fundamentalist” to read the carving journey at that occasion.  The opening introduction gave the premise for this themed carving which stated: “THE FUNDAMENTALIST” is a carving of a caricature interpretation of a strong-minded person who is so sure that what that person believes is the only truth and he has the proof to prove it at the end of where his finger is pointing.  A fundamentalist could be a preacher, a politician, a lawyer or any opinionated person who sees things only one way, his way and wants to convince anyone who will argue with him the error of their way for not seeing things the way the fundamentalist sees things.

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12
Aug

HOBO ~ Tarheel Troy

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

 

Hobos are colorful characters who in earlier years were commonly seen traveling around the country in what appeared to be the “easy life.”  Historically they were originally “itinerant labors” who traveled from job to job wherever the jobs would lead them.  There is a difference in the meaning of terms applied to these “sojourners of the road.”  Hobos were once called “Hoe boys” who were agriculture laborers cultivating the fields with their hoes, thus the nickname.  So “Hobos” would travel to find work. The tern “Tramp” was ascribed to those itinerant laborers who would travel the rail by catching a ride on trains.  Other travelers through the country side riding the coat tails of the hobo and tramp way of life were called “Bums” because they would rather con and cheat off the generosity of kind-hearted folk than do any work.  Bums gave the hobo and tramp a bad name for their less than honest profession.

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29
Jul

CREATIVE PLAY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Knives

                          

This is a story of creative play in the making of the toys for carving in the form of carving knives.  Why does this carver continue to make knives for personal use that far exceeds the accumulation of carving knives?  The answer is the same as to why carve more of the same design of a carving subject?  Why does a carver feel compelled to continue to carve beyond the need for more?  Why accumulate more carving wood when there will not be enough time to use what is already on hand?  The answer is in the meaning of “creative play” for the child within each of us to fulfill our imagination.

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12
Jul

WHITTLE DOODLE ~ 2021 Block

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Whittle Doodles

                                  

Whittle Doodles are the carving a variety of faces and objects into a block of basswood using only knives. This version began as a six-inch-tall by three-inch square block.  It was also personalized for a carving friend who is a pastor in North Carolina as will be seen on one side of the block.  As a doodle, what is carved comes about in random imagination making each Whittle Doodle unique and one of a kind.

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2
Jul

BOX OF CHOCOLATES

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Knives

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get,” can be adapted to many activities of life.  It applies to the carving process, in that the carver does not know how the carving will turn out until it is finished. It is this sense of surprise and serendipity that continues the joy of carving and imaginative creativity ~ we never know what we will get.

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