Ohio's own carver of the No See-Ums Don Worley and Rich & Holli Smithson owner of Helvie Knives have been working together to bring out a new line of Signature Series knives.
Don started carving in 1976 after seeing an article in Wood magazine. It was a very simple wine & cheese relief carving. Of course he selected walnut to carve this beauty, only to find out his cheap tools were useless. After finishing this project with better tools he found a Mallet magazine that advertised Harold Enlow books. He bought the first book and was hooked on caricature carving along with using basswood. The endless collection of knives & gouges quickly followed. Carving and camping became his passion during his working years.
He joined the Dayton Carvers Guild and quickly became part of the Artistry In Wood team. Don has served as chairman of AIW for 20 years. His goal for AIW was to grow the show by moving it to a new location where it has become the premier show of the country. Don is also a member of the National Woodcarvers, Dayton Carvers Guild, Brukner Nature Carvers and E.W.C.C of Converse, IN. His original No See-Ums and Silly Sheep were published in Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine.
While spending winters in both Arizona and Florida Don introduced carving to snowbirds from many states in RV parks and Boys & Girls Club. Don is past president of The Dayton Buckeye Model A Ford Club and the owner of a 1930 Model A Ford named Greta. He retired from electronic distribution sales after 39 years as outside sales and sales manager. He and his wife Bonnie have 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Don is a people person who enjoys sharing and helping others.
Signature Series 1 - Roughout Blade, approximately 1-3/4"" long and approximately 1/2" wide. Handle 5" long and natural wood.
Signature Series 2 - Detail Blade, approximately 1-1/4" long and approximately 5/16" wide. Handle 5" long and natural wood.
Knives are custom made please allow 7-10 days shipping, don't forget to add a sheath and strop.