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19
Jan

THIN VERSUS FAT BEVEL

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Knives

In an old Western border town jail two inmates are trying to loosen a bar in the window for a planned escape.  Skinny weights a mere 170 pounds and Tiny weight 230 pounds.  Finally, they loosened the middle bar enough that they wiggle it out and Skinny squeezes himself through the remaining bars.  Tiny tries to squeeze through but is too fat and gets stuck half way out and half way in. Thus, the old saying, “Thin is in but Fat is where it is at,” came into play.

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12
Jan

RETIREMENT SANTA

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

                        

                         

                             

             

      

Imagine if you will that one day Santa is going to retire.  In that imagination what will he look like and where will he make his retirement home?  No one really knows but it is imagined that he would retire in warmer climate and because he is such a toy person he would be doing fun playful things in his retirement.

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5
Jan

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

                          

    

Art in its various expressions including wood sculpture always uses imaginative interpretation to present the subject of interest.  This carving of Conan is such an interpretation girded with written descriptions and artistic pictures to aid the imagination of the carver to create.  This is the story of the carving of this interpretation of Conan the Barbarian.

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3
Jan

SLOW AND EASY DOES IT

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

                             

Slow and Easy Does It is the conscious way this old carver approaches the carving process.  Carving this Magi was an opportunity to listen to this Wise Man as he was being carved as he reminded me to take it “slow” and “easy” in order to enjoy the journey.  The photo journey of the completed Magi invites a slow and easy visual journey to study the overall views from all angles and to listen to what the Wise Man might say to us.

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8
Dec

SAMURAI SHOGUN WARRIOR

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

Carving a new subject is always a challenge that leads down the learning path that makes the challenge a worthwhile endeavor.  The fact of the matter is that every carving project whether a familiar subject or a new subject is always a learning experience both of the subject and of the actual process of the carving technique.  A recent commission carving of the subject of a Samurai Shogun Warrior offered the opportunity to learn from the challenge of a new subject.

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13
Nov

BLOCK HEADS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

 

 

Block Heads are carved inside a Friendship Cane segment measuring two inches square by three inches tall with a five eighth inch hole drilled down the center of the length of block.  Carving is done with knives with curved cutting edges to facilitate the necessary slicing cuts in tight areas.

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12
Nov

BACK TO BACK SANTA

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

 

A fun carving project is to carve a basswood handle of a knife that is the brainchild of Helvie Knives who makes a knife with a blank basswood handle.  The question for the carver becomes “what to carve in the handle?” One consideration is to carve a handle that would be comfortable to hold in the carving hand while using the knife for carving as well as the subject matter to choose.  Like most carving projects it is best not to rush before having a clear idea as to what to carve.  This is to trust the creative process to make the suggestion into the carver’s imagination.  During the mental incubation process an idea began to take shape to carve a “Back to Back” interpretation of Santa in two forms.  The red suited Santa often called the Coca Cola Santa would be carved on one side and an Old-World Santa on the other side as “Back to Back Santa.” The design would need to be simple so that no appendages would protrude.

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29
Oct

GANDALF Redux

   Posted by: woodbeecarver    in Carving Projects

                                 

A carving of Gandalf has been carved several times, sometimes with a lantern in his hand, sometimes with a crystal ball in his hand an always with his iconic staff of a crooked and twisted shape.  This interpretation of Gandalf the Wizard has him holding the lantern as a symbol of bringing the light of wonder.  He is wearing a dunce hat with a floppy brim and the tradition long robe. Such a simple attire allows the emphasis to be upon his face, his staff and the lantern to spark the imagination to conjure wizardly feats of wonder.

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