|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-08-2012 07:29 AM||9544 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
This was a fascinating specimin of diamond willow, one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. Highly exaggerated diamonds like this are pretty rare especially in this concentration. The undercut carving brings them up another level. A golden oak stain and several coats of Waterlox tung oil brought it right to life.
The trick with diamond willow is NOT to go too deep and go past the reddish coloration. If you can carve the bark off just down to the layer of red/brown it comes up beautiful. Go too deep and it all just gets bland and white. A little cutthrough isn’t bad for contrast but not too deep.
My father carved a little green man (not representative of anything you may recognize …) for the top figurehead.
We’ve done quite a few walking sticks in diamond willow. I’ll post more at some point – I have one in progress for myself that is just about as nice as this one. Can’t decide how to top it though, someday before I get to the point where I need it I have to finish it!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com