Balanced Santa Staff

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Project by mpounders posted 10-22-2010 04:27 PM 2521 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request to create a staff but it needed to be 60” tall and they wanted a Santa and two elves on it. So I thought about it for a while and came up with this design. I wanted something that looked like a scene instead of a bunch of items just kinda mashed together. The idea of Santa being balanced on a stack of presents kinda led to the whole theme. I decided to use stacked elements with a metal rod epoxied down the middle to allow me to get the positioning and look exactly like I wanted it. The Santa is 6” tall and the entire carved section is about 22” long. The Santa and elves are out of basswood and the rest of the carvings and staff are poplar. I used acrylics and metallic paints on the carved portion. The staff was first stained with red Rit clothing dye. After sealing it with laquer I applied red oil paint as a highlighting stain to give it more depth. Comments and advice are always welcomed! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 04:32 PM

Beautiful job. If I were any good at carving, I still couldn’t do this. Thanks for sharing.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 04:50 PM

Those are some great carvings and a fun looking staff. Nice work Mike.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 10-22-2010 04:59 PM

holy cow…that is so impressive..what a beautiful piece of work..that sure brings the spirit of that part of Christmas out…what a joy…i go to the va hospital sometimes, and i take the different walking sticks that i have made with me…i get great comments all the time…boy i would love to show up with this one…what a fantastic job….i love it..needless to say…its another inspiring thing to help me in getting better at carving..thanks so much…grizzman

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#4 posted 10-22-2010 05:05 PM

that’s is awesome. Would you ever mind posting your RIT clothing color dye method?

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 05:16 PM

The little elf is so cute! What will they do with this staff? Is it for a display of some sort?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 10-22-2010 05:19 PM

Sweet!! Wow, your skills are all over this one. Super cool…......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 10-22-2010 05:20 PM

A beautiful extravaganza!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 05:30 PM

Wow… have you thought of entering it into the Carving Illustrated Santa contest?
I bet you have a winner there.
Well executed.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 06:01 PM

Very nice original design. Great work!

-- Clarence

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 06:53 PM

Nice work Mike.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#11 posted 10-22-2010 07:11 PM

this is awesome and I enjoyed the series of photos… with the first one I thought.. wow nice big santa for on top of presents.. and then I saw that it was a smaller santa on a stack of presents.. and then – surprise—it’s a walking stick/staff!
LOVE it.
and fantastic job as well..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 10-22-2010 07:21 PM

Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 10-22-2010 07:52 PM

That is incredible. You have such a talent!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#14 posted 10-22-2010 08:30 PM

Wow! Mike as I looked at this I realized the keyboard was wet….My Jaw had dropped open and there was drool coming out! What an impressive piece.
Great work !
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#15 posted 10-22-2010 08:51 PM

how many hours into this?

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