Archive for the ‘Carving Friends’ Category

24
Mar

IVAN ~ the CARVER

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

A good carving friend who brings a smile not only through his outgoing personality but also through his unique carving creations that mixes a little humor into his characters is being showcased in this photo display.

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23
Feb

STEPHENSON COLLECTION

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

                                

Don Stephenson is a gifted artist with a creative mind and a generous spirit who recently drew carving ideas on the back of a mailing envelope.  Four of these drawings became the inspiration for carving projects which were gifted by back to Don along with a Linus and Snoopy carving for his wife Peg.

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31
Jan

ART ON AN ENVELOPE

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

                                 

The drawing above was done by Don Stephenson on the back of a plastic bubble mailing envelope. Artist Don Stephenson of the Dayton, Ohio Carving Club amazes his friends and neighbors alike because whoever admires his creativity becomes an instant friend.  He is very generous with his drawing art often giving a drawing to an admiring stranger as well as his many friends. He has always drawn since a young boy and benefited from art instructors who expanded his creative horizon.  One of his jobs in earlier days was as an illustrator for the Yellow Pages telephone directory. His artistic creativity became very active to be able to respond to a wide variety of illustration subjects as needed for the directory. At carving meeting someone with mention an idea or a theme of a particular subject like a dragon, a skunk or a fish and Don will draw a themed illustration in the blink of an eye.  Whenever he mails me some of his drawings of carving ideas he also draws on the outside of the envelopes.  Early on in our friendship I gave him the moniker “The Idea Monster.”

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13
Oct

WHITTLING JIM HECKER ~ a Carving Friend

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

 

 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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17
Jun

RICH SMITHSON ~ History Sketch of Helvie Knives

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

Rich Smithson of Helvie Knives has written a history sketch of the Wood Bee Carver Signature Series knives.  The photo above  is a photo of the # 1 – Universal Whittler (at top) Prototype of # 2 (in middle) and # 2 – Scimitar (at bottom). The prototype in the middle was made early on with an oak wood handle as a trial run with the cherry wood handle becoming the accepted handle. There were many prototypes of the various blade shapes designed by Mertz and Rich would make. Mertz would test and offer suggestions for blade revisions and handle shape, back and forth until a prototype passed the test and Rich would put it in projection. Rich was always eager to try a new Mertz design and always developed each design into another Signature Series Knife. 

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8
May

CUTOUTS BY WORLEY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

Don Worley has developed a large family of Dudes that have been popular at carving shows with collectors and carvers who use them as go-bys for carving caricature faces.   He is providing a valuable service to his students and fellow carvers who want to carve his inspired Dude Faces on triangle blocks.

 

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5
Feb

REMEMBERING LARRY PIETY

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                           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.”

17
Jan

WORLEY’S HEROES ~ Carving Friend Don Worley

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

                                                                

Don Worley has developed a unique style of carving the human face in the caricature motif that not only brings a smile but also an appreciative admiration of his artistic interpretation. Several years ago, he introduced the No-See-Um faces carved with eyes covered with a hat or hair.  This was followed by his Biker Dudes with eyes carved to add character to the Dudes. Then he expanded his repertoire with his Bunkhouse Dudes of Western cowboy faces.

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