27
Nov

CARVINGS at PETER ENGLER DESIGNS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

The photographs in this gallery are of carvings on display and for sale at Peter Engler Designs, 201 S. Commercial St. Branson, MO.  When Peter was alive, he purchased several of my carvings in 2005 and periodically my Hog Heaven Pig seeds.  Recently owner Mary Bowman honored me again with the purchase of several carvings to have available at the new location of the store in old downtown Branson.

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20
Nov

CHALLENGE

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

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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28
Oct

IVAN SNYDER ~ The Journey

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

The photo above is entitled “The Journey” by Ivan Snyder.  I first met Ivan last year at the Buckeye Woodcarving Round Up near Piqua, Ohio.  He was sitting in my informal class of carving small figures concentrating of facial features.  After a while he showed me a few of his small carvings that jumped right up and shook my hand.  They were alive with imagination and personality and as I got to know Ivan more during the next couple of days of class we became kindred brothers of miniature carvings.  Below are photos of the carvings he showed me.

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15
Oct

WHITTLING JIM HECKER ~ Flat Plane Carvings

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

The “Shorties” above are two and half-inch tall creations of Whittling Jim Hecker.  Jim is a carving friend who lives in Elk River, MN.  We first met at the International Congress of Woodcarving in 2009 and have maintain mutual friendship through emails, Facebook, two more meeting at International Congress and a couple of times in conjunction with the Dayton Artistry in Wood show.

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22
Sep

COMMISSIONED Retirement Gift

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

A carving of a Civil War artillery officer with a cannon mounted on a butternut base with four carved plaques on the side panels of the base depicting significant benchmarks of employment career became a retirement gift.  The carved soldier holding binoculars standing beside a cannon were symbolic of retirement from the military with a carved plaque showing the Army logo as the recipient’s first career.  The remaining bank logo plaques depict the three banks served during the second career of the retiree.

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3
Sep

THIN WIZARDS

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

A Thin Wizard is a Whittle-Carved project that uses a scrap piece of wood that has been cut into a thin and tall triangle wedge shape.  The larger portion of the triangle wedge become the bottom of the head of the Wizard and the thin top becomes the pointed hat of the Wizard.  The two thin wizards in the photos above were carved from butternut cut off scraps approximately five inches tall.

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31
Aug

PUMPKIN FACES Redux

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Using the shape of a pumpkin to carve representative human facial features is a good way to practice carving a variety of faces in the fun novelty of a pumpkin head jewelry pin.  The earlier pumpkin faces were introduced in a 2016 posting Pumpkin Faces Carved in Wood.

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20
Aug

TURTLE LOVE STORY

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

         

It was June 30, 1968 when Gary was walking to visit his girlfriend Deb that he found a turtle along the side of the road.  He picked up the turtle as a playful story began to formulate in his youthful mind.  Meeting Deb at her door he presented her with the turtle saying, “Today is National Turtle Day in which the custom is for the fellow to give a turtle to the girl he likes.”

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