Ram Head Walking Stick - on Diamond Willow Shaft

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 10-21-2013 11:16 PM 2345 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

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#1 posted 10-21-2013 11:26 PM

That is a neat carving! Well done!

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

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 01:33 AM

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."

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 08:35 AM

I love the details on this small of item.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 12:17 PM

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

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 01:06 PM

great walking stick

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 10-23-2013 06:53 AM

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

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#7 posted 10-23-2013 11:50 AM

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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#8 posted 07-31-2014 08:03 PM

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, Never Push a Loyal Person to the Point that they no Longer Care

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#9 posted 08-02-2014 05:16 AM

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!


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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