Archive for the ‘Knives’ Category

29
Jul

CREATIVE PLAY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

                          

This is a story of creative play in the making of the toys for carving in the form of carving knives.  Why does this carver continue to make knives for personal use that far exceeds the accumulation of carving knives?  The answer is the same as to why carve more of the same design of a carving subject?  Why does a carver feel compelled to continue to carve beyond the need for more?  Why accumulate more carving wood when there will not be enough time to use what is already on hand?  The answer is in the meaning of “creative play” for the child within each of us to fulfill our imagination.

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2
Jul

BOX OF CHOCOLATES

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get,” can be adapted to many activities of life.  It applies to the carving process, in that the carver does not know how the carving will turn out until it is finished. It is this sense of surprise and serendipity that continues the joy of carving and imaginative creativity ~ we never know what we will get.

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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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28
Apr

OTHER KNIVES ~ Continuous Journey

   Posted by: woodbeecarver

The explanation for why this Old Carver continues to make Other Knives is in an old saying: “Give a monkey a gum wrapper to entertain him for the rest of the day.”  Monkeying around with making carving knives is an entertainment for this Old Carver.  These knives are made for personal use to experiment with blade shapes that are versatile in the carving process especially for miniature Whittle-Carving.

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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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