|Project by knottysticks||posted 02-15-2010 10:21 PM||1625 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
Found wood presents a challenge to use in projects. Deciding how to use what nature has provided, and whether or not to change or alter what you have found. A dead spruce tree supplied the wood shaft for this cane. Here on the praires, farmers often plant evergreens [spruce,pine trees] around thier farms sites as wind a break. Deciduous trees lose thier leaves in the winter, but the evergreens provided shelter to the farm site year round. The praires now have many old abandoned farms, and sadly these older evergreens suffer badly from bark beetle damage. I was fascinated by the tracks or groves that these insects left behind under the tree’s bark. In the second picture[picture 2] you can see the start point [nest] where the insects began life ,and you can follow each insects’ track a they grew larger. There is quite a difference between the insects tracks [compare them in the last picture-6]. In picture 6 , sticks 1,3,4 where all stained , then ‘lightly’ sanded to hi-lite the tracks. For this stick I stained then wiped the stain off the upper surface. More than once I have been asked if I carved these tracks, no but you just have to spend a lot of time with a dental pick cleaning the frass out of the groves. Spruce is a sappy [is that a word?] wood and easy to straighten even when bone dry. Sometimes to protect itself the tree releases sap and that will leave a area void of tracks, here I used that area to place my brand GGG. The handle is a White Tailed Deer tine , and a eagle was carved [still learning] on the end of the antler. The bottom has a brass tip on it.
Handle -White Tailed Deer Antler
Thank you for your interest.
-- Everyday above ground is a good day.