|Project by RusticJohn||posted 12-07-2011 12:26 AM||2404 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I made this walking stick for the carving competition at our local woodworking club. The handle is a sad looking wrinkly beagle with the face repeated down the shaft of the stick. There is a random twist down the length of the shaft which the face flows around. I like curves and bumps and hollows so have tried to combine as many as possible into the handle. The ribs and other parts have been incorporated to enhance the flow of the overall pattern.
The wood is Jarrah from Australia. It comes is various shades of red depending where the tree was from. The handle is more of a dark red and the shaft more of a brick colour. The foot is made from a golf ball turned on the lathe and fitted into the brass ferrel. I dont like the ones that are commercially available as they look ugly so this is a good practical hard wearing, non-slip alternative. Amazing what can be done with a golf ball.
Most of the carving was done with a gouge, various curved knives and regular carving knives. Jarrah is quite hard so carving the end grain can be a bit of a mission. I did resort to the Dremel occasionally when it all got to vexing.
Ornate walking sticks are quite a feature in New Zealand. You will often see older, respected Maori men with one, which they use both for physical support and as an emphasizing stick when making speaches. Its a symbol of wisdom and authority.