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Ram Head Walking Stick - on Diamond Willow Shaft

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 303 days ago 810 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A hand carved cedar ram on a diamond willow walking stick by Stanley D. Saperstein (my father) – one of many (hundreds) of walking sticks in his years of folk art carving.

Animals, figures, creatures, formal, folk art, milled lumber, rough sticks, diamond willow – etc etc etc …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com





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maplerock

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#1 posted 303 days ago

That is a neat carving! Well done!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 303 days ago

Eric your Dad is quite a talent. I like the Ram head stick. My High School Mascot was the Ram (of course that was many, many years ago).

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

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 303 days ago

I love the details on this small of item.

-- 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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hunter71

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#4 posted 302 days ago

I had to look up Diamond Willow. Bet others did too. Another great carving.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 302 days ago

great walking stick

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#6 posted 302 days ago

Thanks …

Diamond willow is a unique material – its a fungus that grows on willow trees in a cold damp location, Alaska, Canada, Montana, Washington, Oregon are a few places.

We buy a few batches of it a year a dozen or two sticks at a time. My father makes them into all sorts of unique sticks. I have one that will be my cane at some point … just gotta get it finished already. Self projects never get done!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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Spoontaneous

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#7 posted 301 days ago

Eric ~ Your Dad did a great job on this cane head. A lot of character and detail. A true folk artist.

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

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ktmext360

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#8 posted 20 days ago

Great Stick, its crazy how one person can have it growing everywhere around them and other places do not have one stick around. I have been cutting and selling Diamond Willow for quite a few years, everytime i think its running out i find a new patch

-- Matt, Michigan, ktmext360@hotmail.com. Never Push a Loyal Person to the Point that they no Longer Care

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#9 posted 19 days ago

Yeah it’s a “commonly – uncommon” material. Until I guess recently it was more a local thing if it was around, now with the whole interweb experience the world has been enlightened. Same with manzanita …

We have a few scouts out there that let us know when they get special sticks … if you have any that have an abundance of diamonds up for sale let us know!

Thanks!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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