Archive for the ‘Knives’ Category

11
Sep

HAVE HOE ~ WILL PLANT

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

HAVE HOE – WILL PLANT is a commission carving of a lady gardener that is carved out of a seven inch tall, two inch by three inch block of basswood using a series of carving knives.  The simple verbal description included a gray hair lady with a braid draping over her right shoulder with length going to her waist.  She is wearing a light blue tee shirt, khaki shorts, red tennis shoes, and is holding a packet of seeds in one hand and the hoe leaning on her left shoulder.  A cat is rubbing against her right leg at the ankle.

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26
May

WHITTLE DOODLE BLOCK HEADS 2

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

Whittle Doodle Block Heads 2 was carved in a basswood block measuring two inches square and seven eights inch tall.  Eight heads were carver around the four sides with a skull carved in the center.  Newly made OTHER KNIVES for Miniature Carving were used to carve each head at random times over a period of a few days.  The time in between the actual carving was used to imagine what faces to carve next.  This “imagination” time is an essential time for any carving project while following the “Imagination Rule: if it can be imagined it can be.”

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25
May

OTHER KNIVES for Carving Miniatures

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

The knives pictured above are OTHER KNIVES for Carving Miniatures. Miniatures are any smaller carvings that will fit in a two-inch cube.  OTHER KNIVES is the name given to indicate experimental knives made by the Wood Bee Carver for his personal use.  Three of the knives in the photos are modified Helvie mini-detail knives and the other with the pistol shaped handles were made using old pocket knife blades that were reshaped and sharpened by hand.

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1
May

A KNIFE STORY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

The WOOD BEE CARVER is primarily a knife carver who also has enjoyed the sideline activity of turning old pocket knives into carving knives.  Old junk pocket knives were purchased very cheaply at junk stores, flea markets and garage sales over the years for the purpose of salvaging these once noble instruments of boyhood lore.

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26
Mar

CARVED BLADE COVERS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

Carved wooden blade covers serve a practical purpose of protecting the blade as well as the carver reaching for a carving knife amid the other knives is the tool tote, bag or box. An instructional posting on how to make a simple blade covers can be found by clicking on KNIFE BLADE COVERS The two photos above are examples of blade covers from a simple wood burned design along with carved faces and a chipped carved cover.

Carving faces on blade covers are an excellent way of practicing the carving of faces as well as letting creative imagination free to carve expressive blade covers unique and functional.

Never miss an opportunity to carve something new and challenging because carving is always a learning experience and the more one carves the better one carves.  “Keep carving and carving will keep you carving.” Motto: “Would be carvers would be carvers if they would carve wood.”

 

 

30
Dec

THE HELVIE CONNECTION

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

The four photographs above represent the most recent carvings done for Helvie Knives to add to their collection and their generous charity project.

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20
Nov

CHALLENGE

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

The two antique pocket knives in the photo above represent the important role the common pocket knife has played in the journey of wood carving for the Wood Bee Carver.  Both knives were made by the Challenge Cutlery Company over one hundred years ago.  The top knife is called an “Office Knife” and the second knife is called a “Jack Knife.”  It is this Jack Knife that became a “challenge” to begin the serious endeavor of carving.  Almost every boy and many girls growing up in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s carried a pocket knife which was occasionally used for whittling activities.

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13
Apr

OTHER KNIVES ~ French Connection ~ PRADEL

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

Making carving knives using blades from old junk pocket knives has been a fascination for the Wood Bee Carver.  The four knives in the photo above are the result of rescuing four blades from a well-worn old souvenir knife with “Paris” and the Eiffel Tower etched on the plastic handle cover.  The only clue as to its origin was the etching on the master blade of the name “PRADEL”  which is a famous cutlery company founded in 1920 in France by Mr. Pierre Dubost. The first photo below depicts what a similar pocket knife looked like in better condition showing it multiple blades while the second photo is the junk knife used to make four carving knives.

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