|Project by mmh||posted 08-24-2009 07:09 AM||6345 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This is a walking stick that I made for a friend who participates in Pre-Revolutionary War Reenactment activities. She is pictured here in full costume authentic to the era, as is her husband and friend. Her husband poses as an officer and as the wife of an officer, she would have the monies and influence of sporting higher fashion than the wives of non-officers. The walking stick would be used not only as a walking aide, but also as a status and may be made from exotic woods from Europe, Africa or Asia. This style of walking stick is also very tall, 56 inches , as it would be used to ascend and descend carriages, which have 5 ft. tall wheels and can be quite shaky and unstable, especially when dressed in finery.
The shaft is made of American Cherry that was shaped using traditional tools, spoke shaves and a shaving mule. The top fob is made from Afromosia and was turned on a lathe.
This campsite was a special event on the grounds of the Mount Vernon Farm in Virginia. The event was quite impressive, as whole families would dress in costume and participate to era accurate activities. Vendors would only sell appropriate wares of that time and everyone seemed to be having a good time. There were no electronic gizmos to distract, except for the cameras of the onlookers, it was a glimpse into a bygone era.
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