|Project by Beth||posted 11-20-2013 03:50 PM||2200 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
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, http://www.etsy.com/shop/northwindcarvings