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BUTT OF A JOKE ~ Achilles Heel Exposed

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Butt Armor                    Butt Armor

Ryan Olsen, a fellow CCA Member and a carving friend had an unfortunate accident earlier this year in that he dropped a carving knife while putting his tools in the passenger seat of the car. That dropped knife wedged itself between the seat and back of the driver’s seat. Unbeknownst to him, Ryan sat down in the seat whereby the point of the carving knife was driven into his buttock. The puncture wound healed quickly but the mental picture of such an accident could not go unpunished in that Ryan became the “butt of a joke” with a humorous carving given to him at the Annual Meeting of the CCA. The “Achilles Heel” in Ryan’s armor is depicted in the position of the knife working its way between the armor and coat of mail.  Ryan is a good sport and champions the humor in an accident that gave him a point of reference about safely transporting carving tools.  Thanks Ryan for your good humor.

Butt Armor                     Butt Armor



CCA Whittle Doodle

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                                CCA Trade Piece

Each year at the Annual Meeting of the Caricature Carvers of America each active member participates in trading a carving with each other using a scheduled formula.  The WOOD BEE CARVER carved a Whittle Doodle as his 2015 Trade Piece.  Read the rest of this entry »



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Chris Hammack

Chris Hammack, Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) member,  will be teaching at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio.  A rare opportunity invites any carver who would like to take a three day carving class with Chris Hammack in North West Ohio at Sauder Village, Archbold, OH. The class will convene preceding the 28th Annual Woodcarving show on Saturday and Sunday where Chris will be Guest Artist and Judge. Read the rest of this entry »



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Dale Green Dale Green

Best of Show Trophy

Dale Green of Holladay, Utah won Best of Show honors at the recent 2014 CCA Competition with his caricature carving “Don’t Drink and Drive.” He received the Best of Show trophy that was carved by Don Mertz and wood burning of the plaque by Rich Smithson of Helvie Knives. CONGRATULATIONS to Dale Green. Visit his blog at ~




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CCA Trophy CCA Trophy

Each year at the annual CCA Caricature Caving Competition ~  ~ held in Converse, Indiana one CCA member carves the Best of Show Trophy to be awarded to the winner of that distinction.  This is my year to carve the trophy which is a carving of a Hobo holding a very large Blue Ribbon which is mounted on a cherry plaque which was wood burned by Rich Smithson of Helvie Knives. Read the rest of this entry »


THE BRAWL by Chris Hammack ~ a Carving Friend

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C. Hammack

Chris Hammack’s latest creation is entitled “The Brawl”  which  is highlighted in a series of photographs of the progressive process of carving in a block of basswood. Read the rest of this entry »


CCA 1930’s Street Scene

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1930's Street Scene banner by CW

CARICATURE CARVERS OF AMERICA  announces that their latest project, the 1930’s Street Scene  is available for sale with pictures and information at along with the for sale announcement of previous project of the 1880 Western Train.  The Street Scene will have only one public showing at the Artistry in Wood Show, Dayton, OH on November 9 and 10, 2013. All CCA members who carved these two projects have donated the carvings to Caricature Carvers of America for the advancement and encouragement of Caricature Carving as an Art. CCA sponsored seminars and competition information can also be found on the website.


DAVE STETSON ~ A Carving Friend

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Stetseon CarvingOld Man in ChairJovial Man

Dave Stetson,  carver, instructor and author,  is one of the founding members of the Caricature Carvers of America whose style of caricature carving bares his own signature of movement and animation.  Such a style does not happen without a lifelong pursuit of the art of imbuing life into a carving by continuous study, observation, experimentation and imagination.  Three of his carvings in the WOOD BEE CARVER’s collection will serve as a visual tutorial to begin seeing animation in the various angles of the pose and posture of a caricature figure.  By visually studying each carving in the series of photographs one can begin to see how to emulate similar animation in one’s own carvings. (Click on photos to enlarge.) Read the rest of this entry »