Pretty in Pink walking stick

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Project by TJ65 posted 04-25-2018 09:37 AM 1266 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I introduce to you – Pretty in Pink.
I’m very happy with the end result and it was a total joy to carve. While there were some mishaps here and there, overall it was rather a smooth process.
I was fortunate to carve the majority of this stick outside, in various spots around the paddock with nature all around me.

I think the wood is apple and a pleasure to carve. I actually had to change my approach to carving this stick, as it is a lot softer than I was used to. So I used carving knives instead of chisels.
I chose to do a light cover of sanding sealer before painting as I didn’t want the paint to bleed into unwanted areas.
Using a light-ish cover of paint I started painting the leaves first just with the main colour as the veins of the leaves would deepen when varnish was used. Later I went around the sides of the leaves with a darker shade of green.
With the roses a darker maroon was used in the depths first then the main pink.
When all was dry I wasn’t happy with the result so I added a darker colour in some of the deeper areas and then a light touch of very pale pink for the highlight areas.

Once all the painting was done it was sprayed with a couple of coats of satin polyurethane.

I have added progress photos on my dedicated Facebook page – Theresas treasures at Derrymore. if you are interested.
More photos also on my Facebook page

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 04-25-2018 11:01 AM

Wow !!! this is exquisite, very nice work bravo.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 04-25-2018 11:08 AM

Gorgeous. The carving has such a different look compared to the vast majority of the projects posted here. When I look at it “fairy tale” is this first impression that comes to mind.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 04-25-2018 12:36 PM

That is really incredible. I love the detail. Strong work!

-- Be who you want to be

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#4 posted 04-25-2018 12:46 PM

Wow. Very beautiful and detailed carving and coloring. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-25-2018 12:48 PM

Beautiful work there; butterflies and ladybugs. What else am I missing??


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#6 posted 04-25-2018 12:58 PM

Thank you all.
A fairytale impression that is wonderful Earl, it brought a smile to my face
Mahdee, only room for the butterflies and ladybird, I didn’t want to go overboard! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 04-25-2018 01:39 PM

Very Nice! Beautiful carving and paint, and I like the handle design also.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#8 posted 04-25-2018 01:50 PM

very nice work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 04-25-2018 03:35 PM

i very nice looking cane but i think it is for a lady my buddy’s might call me funny if they seen me walking with this LOL …... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 04-25-2018 04:09 PM

Theresa, all I can say is OOOOOOOOooooooooo Y E A H !!!

Just awesome… Beautiful…

You are really exploding your talent to NEW Levels with each project you tackle!!

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 04-25-2018 10:35 PM

This is a real beauty Theresa. Excellent carving. :)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 04-26-2018 05:45 AM


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#13 posted 04-28-2018 06:47 PM

You did an awesome job on this piece

Thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 04-29-2018 10:30 AM

Amazing to see how much you have learned and build up skills during the years.
Really fine carving.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 05-05-2018 10:54 AM

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the details of your painting technique. The result is stunning!

-- Earl in Maine

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