|Project by RusticJohn||posted 01-25-2015 03:42 AM||1623 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
The brief for this walking stick was to reproduce the man’s head as it is and to add a fishing theme as that is one of his main interests. The face was tricky as he didn’t have any prominent features that the carving could be centred on. It was more of a case of bringing out his personality through the combination of all his facial nuances. The fish represent a swirling pattern with each honing in on the other. I wanted a dynamic effect that represented the food chain in the ocean.
The wood used is New Zealand Kauri for the head and Apple for the shaft. A brass plumbing fitting was used for the ferrule. I had to turn it down a bit on my wood lathe. I found it hard to get a clean look to the Apple but I think it will darken to an even colour over time.
It was quite a nice project that was relatively straight forward. Just time consuming as it took about 2 months off and on. I can only carve for an hour or two at a time before my eyes pack it in and my attention wanders.