Ebony Bat Wand

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Project by EPJartisan posted 12-05-2010 10:41 PM 4768 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our annual Spirit Camp retreat is my favorite time to give people wands as gifts, but the friend that got this one inspired me to make a bat, and it was one of those… “what the hell does a bat REALLY look like…” which lead to a lot of researching the Chiroptera order… all across the world, their exotic types and habits… even to now know that our north American brown bats are being decimated by a white fungus (white nose syndrome)... bats are pollinators and one of the top insect eaters we have on this continent, so this is not good for OUR crops and health… i digress. back to the project :)

So the Bat Wand was born from a three month gestation period of research and clay models. He is made of Gabon Ebony and African Black wood. The glue seam is invisible, which really excited me to do more detail than i was expecting. Modeled after a south american fruit bat and a north american brown bat, but really… bats are really weird looking, so I took liberty to make him more “iconic” bat with a slight smile. I have to make a stand for him, and eventually inset garnet eyes, but I gave it to my friend last night at his Winter Solstice party. Sorry for the bad pictures.. you can tell I didn’t major in photography.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 11:01 PM

same thing with spiders. like bats, with out them we’d probably not survive!! People dont really understand that the smallest creatures are sometimes the most important for life!! very cool looking wand! I really like the design choice of the bat! and obviously the ebony and black wood are a perfect choice! This would look really cool as a cane! great job!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 01:45 AM

Wicked cool wand. I turned a few this weekend, but I haven’t carved one in a while. I may have to liberate some of this idea into one of my own…

-- Steven

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 01:46 AM

Really nice work you have done.
Scarry, nice, ugly and wise.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 01:54 AM

That is really nice! Who’d have thought? Just too cool. Can you tell I like it?


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#5 posted 12-06-2010 03:10 AM

Wow you did a great job – well done

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 07:34 AM

Sweet! You did such a nice job it gives me the creeps a little.

-- Marc

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 08:50 AM

Great carving on the bat. Please post a pic when you get the garnet eyes in, should be over the top then. For some reason, now I want a Bacardi and Coke… : )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 07:35 AM

EP Jartisan nice bat they are amazing creatures and very useful.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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