Carved Tramping Stick

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Project by RusticJohn posted 05-16-2013 08:16 AM 1206 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest tramping stick. Hiking stick for some. It has the head of an old biker on the top and a pointy nose face underneath. Further down are a frog and a snail, both about the size of a thumb nail. The wood is apple grown in my own garden. Actually a failure to regularly prune provides long straight-ish lengths suitable for walking sticks. As always I made the carving knives used and undertook all the carving.

The pointy nose face, the frog and the snail were all carved from the butt of branches growing out of the stick. I like to use as much of the original shape as possible to add detail. The shaft was not totally straight to start with so I had to heat it and bend a little.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 05-16-2013 01:55 PM

Very nice. I really like the snail and the frog. I used to make dogwood and persimmon walking sticks, not this neat, when I was a kid. For some reason there is something nice about making them. Maybe because they are so simple and functional, and very personal at the same time. No two are alike, and they can be just as beautiful simple as they can be ornate.

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 03:29 PM

Great work John! I can imagine you tramping through the woods with that beautiful stick.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 04:42 PM

Nice stick! You did a great job of creating art from this apple tree branch. I once tried whittling some birds from apple tree wood and found it hard to work with, so I admire what you did with your branch. Thanks for sharing!

-- John B.

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