Archive for the ‘BEE Buzz’ Category



   Posted by: woodbeecarver


The motto of the WOOD BEE CARVER  “Would be carvers would be carvers if they would carve wood,” was coined in the mid 1970’s to imply that wood carvers are always learning.  Carving is learned primarily by carving with the experience that the more one carves the better one carves.  Simply thinking about carving, reading carving magazines, carving books or watching instructional videos while day dreaming about carving is not the same as actually using a cutting tool to shape a piece of wood.  It is that familiar experience of using the cutting tool slicing through the wood in the carving process that becomes the best learning experience.

Learning to carve is an ongoing process that grows with each time one carves.  The growth in learning by doing is enhanced the more often one carves.  One who carves every day will grow in learning more than carving only once a week or once a month or the next carving seminar.  If one is not familiar with the various cuts the cutting tool can do in shaping a block on wood, then one struggles with making any cuts.  That struggle is handcuffed by being afraid of making a wrong cut because one has not yet learned the various cuts that can be made.  That struggle becomes more difficult from the lack of practice of shaping the wood by impeding the ability to see or imagine a cut before it is made.  Looking and studying a completed carving either as a model go by or a photo of a carving without imaging how the cuts were made to shape the carving will confuse the occasional carver.  Practice, practice, practice is only advised because it works and if one practices doing nothing one gets pretty good at doing nothing.  On the other hand, if one carves more, one learns and becomes a better carver in that kind of practice. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver

Mother and Child



   Posted by: woodbeecarver

Whittle Doodle

The carving pictured to the left came up missing at a recent woodcarving show by a “sleight of hand” purchase of a “display only” carving.  After having posted its being missing on this blog (now deleted) and on Woodcarving Illustrated Forum and Facebook, the person in possession of the carving telephoned and then returned the carving by mail.  Without going into a lot of detail, suffice it to say that the carving is safely home.

Whittle Doodles  carved by the WOOD BEE CARVER as examples of what can be carved using only a knife carving free hand designs.  Whittle Doodles are never for sale other that being donated for woodcarving shows and club’s silent auctions, raffles and fund raising activities. The one in the photos received a blue ribbon at the 2009 CCA Competition and is a less than two inch square block.  It is “priceless” to the artist who is happy to have it back home. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver


Two dimensional artists often work out a creative design by drawing variations of the same theme over and over again in a sketch book.  It is all a part of an artistic study to see and experience what the creative imagination envisions.  Woodcarvers do the same by carving a themed subject over and over again.  Every carving project is a journey in learning as well as allowing the creative sub conscious to partner with the carver in creating variations on a common theme. Every carving is a practice piece that provides another journey down a familiar path that has twists and turns not seen on previous journeys. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver

 SPUD BILLY SEZ :  “Cool Links”  on this blog list vendors, organizations and individuals who might have items for sale or services that are of interest to woodcarvers.  Do not trust an email to always get through due to security systems on some computers.  Back up an email with a phone call or phone first to be sure of availability of items desired. Bud Murray found many emails from potential customers had gone into the spam folder, so if someone did not hear back from him, accept his apology and next time give him a phone call.  Thanks.

“No Comment,”  is the position of this blog as its main purpose is instructional, informative and encouraging of woodcarving.  Other blogs may be set up for interactive comments and ongoing discussions, but for this blog, comments are not solicited due to uncontrollable spam and spurious dirty tricks.  So do not try to log in to make comments because that function is basically blocked.

About the Carver”  under “Main Menu”  has contact information for any specific question.

No Sale”  from this blog which is designed to give instructional, informational and encouraging of woodcarving items of interest to all who visit.  The WOOD BEE CARVER participates in a few woodcarving shows throughout the year where carvings may be purchased. is a virtual tour of the journey of carving projects and ideas by the WOOD BEE CARVER  that are shared openly to all who visit by way of the internet.

Thank you for your visits and always remember “Would be carvers would be carvers it they would carve wood.”   After each visit, carve something on your own realizing “that the more you carve the better you carve”  and the only way to learn is to “carve as often as possible.”  



   Posted by: woodbeecarver

The beginning of a New Year signals a clean slate of opportunities and possibilities for having a “Carveful”  New Year. Like a block of wood awaits the heart and hand of creativity to unlock its secrets, so the New Year awaits the carver to carve out a new niche for creativity.  That will only happen as hand is put to the carving tool to guide its sharpness into the wood to shape it.  Carving is learning by doing and the only way one grows in the carving experience is to carve.  “Would be carvers would be carvers if they would carve wood,” has been the WOOD BEE CARVER’S motto born out of the experience of carving for over forty years.

None of us are getting any younger and we lament for not starting to carve earlier in life. Well, today is the rest of our lives, and to make the best of the life we have left, today and every day is the best time to carve more to open up the secrets hidden in the carving experience. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver




   Posted by: woodbeecarver

BEE ALL YOU CAN BEE ~ The Bumble Bee can not fly, at least that was the determination of aerodynamic engineers who concluded that the Bumble Bee’s wings are too small and weak and its body too large and heavy to be able to fly.

BUT no one told the Bumble Bee and it flies.

Be all you can be by always thinking,   ” I can if I try for I am to be all I can be.”

The WOOD BEE CARVER sez, “Would be carvers would be carvers it they would carve wood.”

~~~~~BEE ALL YOU CAN BEE!~~~~~