|Project by Pooka||posted 03-07-2014 08:29 PM||1229 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I have made a few of these before, but this is my first fully carved and finished walking staff.
The wood is a Christmas tree trunk that I carved with a Dremel and chip knives. Finished with polycrylic clear. Each contour was created to follow the grain and knots, resulting in a pretty handy variety of places to grip the staff. Just about 50 inches tall. The foot is a convertible from Treeline. Brass ferrule with a spike under the rubber pad.
Took me about a year to finish it, working off and on over the months.
Positively the last time I use Polycrylic for anything like this. The stuff hates contours. I’ll be sticking with my newfound friend, Enduro-Var from now on.
I quoted Muir in the engraving around the middle: “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.