Old Norse rune staff style walking stick

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Project by snoman1973 posted 10-12-2013 07:47 PM 4336 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago my friend Phillip and I were walking down by a small creek and i noticed this odd stick laying on the bank. The odd part was the square shape it had grown into a foot or so from one end. I’m guessing the tree root grew around something like a deck or fence post and somehow broke free or was removed and tossed in the stream a while back washing up here. The broken off end roughly resembled a bird head complete with beak so I took it home and didn’t touch it for years, having forgotten about it mostly. Then the process took shape slowly as to what to do with it. Walking stick was a given since the square shape was a perfect height for an arm rest for me. Since I am Pagan I decided to go with Norse runes and created a rune staff of sorts. One side says “the joy of the journey is the freedom of movement” the others are more personal. I took my dremel and finished the bird head shaping it into a crow to symbolize one of Odin’s crows and only carved in one eye. The black lines painted on the neck are the wings, tail, and talons of the crow in the old Norse style. I am not posting this to start a religious argument or to say my beliefs are better than anyone else’s. This is just a thing I made from a piece of nature that I wanted to share with you. Please enjoy it :)

-- The wood often tells me what it wants to be... great... now the voices in my head have company....;-P

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 03:56 AM

Nice work, my friend would comment it needs cell phone holder to compliment today’s modern times. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 09:53 PM

What a quirky piece of wood! Fascinating transformation – thanks for the explanation. Enjoy it in good health.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 05:34 PM

Nicely done. I put a raven motif on the Viking shield I made for an event with my youngest son.

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 06:34 PM

Oh very nice man you’ll have to send me a pic of it sometime :)

-- The wood often tells me what it wants to be... great... now the voices in my head have company....;-P

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 02:39 PM

Great find, the stick is interesting. Like how you paint the bird head and accessorize it, very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 12-28-2015 12:11 AM

Just found this posting today. Very nicely done, and with respect. I like it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 07-09-2016 06:32 PM

Cool! How did I miss this when it was first posted? Great job bringing out the character of the wood – it grew like that for a reason and you found the reason. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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