Walking Stick for a Fisherman

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Project by RusticJohn posted 01-25-2015 03:42 AM 3136 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The brief for this walking stick was to reproduce the man’s head as it is and to add a fishing theme as that is one of his main interests. The face was tricky as he didn’t have any prominent features that the carving could be centred on. It was more of a case of bringing out his personality through the combination of all his facial nuances. The fish represent a swirling pattern with each honing in on the other. I wanted a dynamic effect that represented the food chain in the ocean.

The wood used is New Zealand Kauri for the head and Apple for the shaft. A brass plumbing fitting was used for the ferrule. I had to turn it down a bit on my wood lathe. I found it hard to get a clean look to the Apple but I think it will darken to an even colour over time.

It was quite a nice project that was relatively straight forward. Just time consuming as it took about 2 months off and on. I can only carve for an hour or two at a time before my eyes pack it in and my attention wanders.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 04:57 AM

I think that turned out very nice. Liked the fishes.

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 05:20 AM

Carvings are very tricky to do, especially human faces. Nice job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 01-25-2015 11:30 AM

Good job<like it.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#4 posted 01-25-2015 07:12 PM

Nice job on that walking stick, John!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 01-25-2015 09:03 PM

Thank you for the comments Guys. Much appreciated. I have a couple more to do so should be getting good at it by the time they are completed.

-- RusticJohn

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 11:50 PM

Very cool stick. Well done

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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