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Project by TJ65 posted 470 days ago 1048 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another walking stick, sadly, not as feminine as the last. However interesting to do.
It wasn’t the easiest project to do as I had a couple of false starts with choosing the incorrect type of sticks to work on. As I found out not all wood is great to carve in detail. The apple branch I thought would be good wasn’t and the bit of birch I had kept was full of holes. As it turned out the recently fallen Grey box gum was the best. It was still green and after each day of work of would return it to the box filled with sawdust to prevent it from drying out and cracking. (That worked really great). This wasn’t the easiest to carve by any means as it had plenty of figured wood, like small burls, whorls, and knots. However it did hold detail well once i was able to get my head around all those grain defects !
It had been carved with a specific person in mind, hence the unusual choice of design. Once finished I painted the carved bits with a wash of brown paint, just so there was a subtle difference between carved and not carved. Then coated it with a couple of diluted coats of white shellac. Just so there was very little colour change.

(Wanted to add a video but didn’t know how on my phone.

Video of stick

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/





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wizzardofwood

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#1 posted 470 days ago

love it ,great job

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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Bearpie

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#2 posted 470 days ago

Theresa, you did a fine job and I believe many mechanics would probably love to have this. This is something that will appeal to lots of guys.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Spoontaneous

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#3 posted 470 days ago

Outstanding! I love the little carved chains. The whole thing has a great charm.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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mpounders

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#4 posted 470 days ago

Nicely carved and great idea! I also use washes of brown, sometimes to deepen shadows, especially on a cane. I’ve recently been using some of the Briwax colored waxes for a similar effect. Looks good!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 470 days ago

Very, very cool! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 470 days ago

Hey Theresa, really great carving job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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DonH

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#7 posted 470 days ago

Hi TJ

Nice job!! I admire the perserverance this must have took.

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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cajunpen

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#8 posted 470 days ago

Wow – Theresa you are quite the artist! I really like this piece…..Since my knees went bad, I find myself using a cane to maneuver around lately – I love the look of this one.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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stefang

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#9 posted 470 days ago

Beautiful and original work Theresa. You have so many creative ideas and the ability to realize them too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 470 days ago

Beautiful carving!

You’re getting better & better!

Keep it up…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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scrollingmom

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#11 posted 470 days ago

Theresa, I think you did a great job and whoever you did it for will be just thrilled. Can’t wait to see the next one.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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Roger

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#12 posted 470 days ago

Now that’s just way kool Theresa. I think of Tim Allen… He’d ohh ohhh ohhhh ohhhhh, luv it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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NaFianna

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#13 posted 470 days ago

Beautiful stick – well done. Would love to see a pic of it in its entirety.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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peteg

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#14 posted 470 days ago

You have some interesting elements in this one Theresa, must have taken a while, well done
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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majuvla

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#15 posted 469 days ago

Awsome carving!Amaizing skill!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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