Wood Spirit Walking Stick

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Project by Beth posted 11-20-2013 03:50 PM 2200 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hand carved hiking stick is my personal favorite so far. It is made from a maple sapling. I prefer the bark on for the contrast although I have carved some sticks where i have stripped off the bark and sanded the wood. In leaving the dark, rick bark on, I hand sanded it lightly to make it comfortable to hold, and then oiled it for protection. The face is oiled and sealed in a beeswax finish. I love that this wise wizard’s face is “bleeding” a little red from the sap wood of the interior. There was no evidence of this when I carved it, but gradually the face is reflecting more of the red from the interior grain. He also has a wonderful profile, I think, but then again I am prejudiced!

-- Beth, Maine,

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 03:59 PM

Beautiful job on this….love the “bleed” that’s occurring too. You do great work. Also, a belated welcome to LJ’s projects board.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 04:36 PM

Wow…that is pretty cool. Nice job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 04:58 PM

Thanks, both of you. I love the bleed too. It makes it more unique!

-- Beth, Maine,

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 10:04 PM

Very nice carving Beth, he looks old and wise and also looks like he is having a bad hair day…lol
Excellent work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 03:42 AM

cool carving. I really like how you positioned the carving on the bend in the wood, a great effect.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 07:00 AM

Awesome! You are VERY talented

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 09:07 AM

I really like this one. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 12:54 PM

Very nice work, TY for sharing

-- Pete in NC

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 05:20 PM

This is wonderful, Beth. You did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 07:15 PM

Very nice, I wish I could do wood spirits.

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 04:15 PM

Way Cool !!!

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#12 posted 12-04-2013 10:47 PM

Very nice carving.

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