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Design Sketches: "Welsh-Inspired" Market Crook Stick with Carved Border Collie Herding Dog

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 2149 days ago 3153 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

UPDATE 10-23-2008: This stick has been finished, you can see the project posting here or click the “widget” pictures below.

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Original Posting:

This is a simple Blog entry to post a couple of concept sketches for a Walking Stick design that I’ve been asked to build.

The Blog Format is an easy way for me to post the sketches for a client to look at, and saves sending out large sized emails.

The other positive side of using my blog this way, is that others that follow my work can see new things I’m getting ready to do, and it also introduces new folks to my work.

I wish I could demonstrate to my LJ buddies my expertise with SketchUp and do these drawings in that CAD program. But, I can sketch with a pencil so quickly, that I am still leaning on the old-school way to do this.

thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com
email: mark@decoustudio.com

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Height: This Market Stick is going to be about 60” tall, so it is carried by the shaft, not the top crook.

The top crook shape and style is actually a throwback to the old style Welsh-Market sticks used by dog breeders and shepherds, just with a little extra carved flair.

Sketch #1:
This is a walnut crook with a full 3-D sculpted carved/painted Border Collie Dog on Top.

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Sketch #2:
This is a walnut crook with a Low-Relief carved/painted Border Collie Dog on both sides of the crook.

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(Note: This blog, project design, and images are copyrighted in 2008 by the Author, M.A.DeCou. If you want to use any part of this posting or the photos, for any Feeds, or a book, or another website, or for any reason whatsoever, even ones that I could not have dreamed about you doing before you did it, you must ask for permission first. Please. Weblinks back to this page are permitted without my prior permission.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com



5 comments so far

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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 2149 days ago

The first design would be OK if the cane would be used as a decoration. If it were used everyday the carving would be uncomfortable on the hand. The second one would be more user friendly. They both look great!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 2149 days ago

thanks for pointing that out Roger. I’ll go back an put a note that the stick is 60” tall, and it is carried on the shaft, not on the crook like a walking cane. I put that on the sketch, but it is too small to read I think.

thanks for your help,
M

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Karson

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#3 posted 2149 days ago

Verry interesting design Mark.

I got the 60” comment and understood that it would be carried like a long shaft.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 2148 days ago

Thanks for sharing this Mark.

My preference is the relief carved one, but possibly facing the other direction.

You could blend in the dogs tail better that way.

I hope you don’t mind my input.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 2099 days ago

thanks for all of the comments. The customer enjoyed reading them also.

She really liked the full 3-D carving with the dog on top of the crook, but is nervous about transporting the Stick and getting it broken off.

So, I proposed that we break the stick into sections that are screwed together with threaded brass couplings and then make a carrying case for transporting the stick. I also will be making a second crook for her that allows the top to be changed out depending on whether she wants a fancy, or plain look for the situation.

thanks everyone,
M

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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