23
Feb

STEPHENSON COLLECTION

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends, Carving Projects

                                

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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4
Feb

CHALLENGE ~ The Teacher of Unknown Lessons

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

                                    

An ORC is a mythical humanoid creature, generally described as brutish, aggressive and repulsive, stemming from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkiem, author of The Lord of the Rings. This carving of an ORC was carved in a seven-inch-tall by three-inch square block of basswood.  The finish is artist oil paints mixed with boiled linseed oil and final coating of Deft.

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4
Feb

BLOCK HEADS ~ Redux

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects, Whittle Doodles

Block Heads are carved inside a Friendship Cane segment measuring two inches square by three inches tall with a five eighth inch hole drilled down the center of the length of block. Carving is done with knives with curved cutting edges to facilitate the necessary slicing cuts in tight areas.  The finish is artist oil paint Raw Sienna thinned with boiled linseed oil and then when the oil finish is dry Deft, a brushing lacquer is applied.  Block Heads are another adaptation of Whittle Doodles carved by the WOOD BEE CARVER.

31
Jan

ART ON AN ENVELOPE

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Friends

                                 

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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19
Jan

THIN VERSUS FAT BEVEL

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Knives

In an old Western border town jail two inmates are trying to loosen a bar in the window for a planned escape.  Skinny weights a mere 170 pounds and Tiny weight 230 pounds.  Finally, they loosened the middle bar enough that they wiggle it out and Skinny squeezes himself through the remaining bars.  Tiny tries to squeeze through but is too fat and gets stuck half way out and half way in. Thus, the old saying, “Thin is in but Fat is where it is at,” came into play.

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12
Jan

RETIREMENT SANTA

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

                        

                         

                             

             

      

Imagine if you will that one day Santa is going to retire.  In that imagination what will he look like and where will he make his retirement home?  No one really knows but it is imagined that he would retire in warmer climate and because he is such a toy person he would be doing fun playful things in his retirement.

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5
Jan

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

                          

    

Art in its various expressions including wood sculpture always uses imaginative interpretation to present the subject of interest.  This carving of Conan is such an interpretation girded with written descriptions and artistic pictures to aid the imagination of the carver to create.  This is the story of the carving of this interpretation of Conan the Barbarian.

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3
Jan

SLOW AND EASY DOES IT

   Posted by: woodbeecarver   in Carving Projects

                             

Slow and Easy Does It is the conscious way this old carver approaches the carving process.  Carving this Magi was an opportunity to listen to this Wise Man as he was being carved as he reminded me to take it “slow” and “easy” in order to enjoy the journey.  The photo journey of the completed Magi invites a slow and easy visual journey to study the overall views from all angles and to listen to what the Wise Man might say to us.

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