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Each stick has it's own personality
My #001 first attempt at carving form into a Michigan Diamond Willow Stick. Atop of the stick is a morel mushroom with carved hemp rope style handgrip with enhanced shaping of natural diamonds in wood. The wood carves easily, but being a novice this stick took some time before it was completed.
Again #002 another Diamond Willow stick with a lot of curve which I took advantage of when carving the rope grip. The mushroom is quite small as the stick is somewhat shorter, and of a smaller diameter.
This is #003 walking stick carved in Sugar Maple. As this wood is dense , I spent a lot of time honing tools. The Morel mushroom carving was really tough on the tools. The wood spirit was given a paint job because of the light colored maple and as with all my sticks several coats of lacquer after sanding & sealing.
My first attempt at carving a form into Black Walnut to produce a 37 " walking stick /cane. I use this stick while walking the dog as it is sometimes necessary to fend off other more than curious canines.
My #004 is a Diamond Willow stick with the diamond patterns enhanced. I really like the natural color and basic shapes of natures creation.
My #005 stick, another Diamond Willow with two differently styled hand grips (upper & lower) is in progress. The upper third is rough carved.
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