Snake Eyes, Wood Spirit Walking Stick by Jim Arnold

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 06-09-2011 02:21 AM 3696 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its all on one stick. The staff is about 7’ long. There are 7 faces all connected by two snakes slithering around the stick and their individual facial reactions to it. Made from cypress the carving work is about 4-5’ long on this one.


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#1 posted 06-09-2011 04:31 AM

Oooohh so cool.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 06:57 AM

Wow….very nice, how long did this take to make?

-- Vince

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 03:47 PM

Wish i could carve like you, looks great.

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 05:57 PM

Thanks for the comments! think this took about 14 hours. The first one I ever did was a project for a class I was teaching…I didn’t have a clue, but by the end of the first class half of the students (and me too) were making and selling them. They’re so much fun to do. Its the most popular class I ever taught, you just make them up as you go along….they’re great for getting practice with face work and they sell really well too.


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#5 posted 06-09-2011 05:58 PM

Totally spectacular! I love it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 06:14 PM

Beautiful work….what wonderful carvings….That is an awesome walking stick.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 06-10-2011 02:03 PM

Great work! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 12:54 PM

Outstanding work!
The finish… clear coat or (pleeeese…) hand rubbed wax?
Just imagine the awesome look this piece would have in several years and hundreds of miles of treking.
My ablility to carve is so far behind you… but, following along the path you have marked.
Thanks for the inspiration.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#9 posted 06-16-2011 03:36 PM

That’s a wonderful hiking staff and the carving is great.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 06-17-2011 04:32 PM

Wiggy, all I use is lacquer…I spray it and it dries in seconds and minutes not hours and days. I’m just a hack…you’ll get it.

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