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Those are some nice walking sticks, and the Spirit Carvings are wonderful. Great job.
 

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You said "Walking sticks are what got me into carving many years ago and remained my favorite thing to carve."
May I say you have mastered the task gracefully.
 

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Very nice. I like the splash of color and the cool sheen you got on the cheekbones in number 3
 

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You can tell there is a lifetime of creativity and experience in that work.
 

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Very nice. the carvings are great.
 

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Patience and craftsmanship create wonderful heirloom pieces! I am interested in the dyed work. My use of wood dyes is limited. I am guessing that dyes were used on the one stick. The separation of the colors without bleeding into the others has really caught my eye. What did you use to dye? How did you prevent the bleeding of color? Thanks for sharing. Best, Brian
 

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Patience and craftsmanship create wonderful heirloom pieces! I am interested in the dyed work. My use of wood dyes is limited. I am guessing that dyes were used on the one stick. The separation of the colors without bleeding into the others has really caught my eye. What did you use to dye? How did you prevent the bleeding of color? Thanks for sharing. Best, Brian

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Hello woodetal. The colors are acrilic paints. I do thin them with water. On wood this lets the colors get absorbed deeper into the wood like a stain. I let it dry between coats or use a hairdryer to dry them. The color in the wood is not as apparent when wet. Also the wood type, texture and color of the natural wood afects the color of the paints or dyes. I like to build to the look I want with applying layers of thinned colors. Clean separation of the colors is done buy the use of a wood burner. I burn in the lines before painting. On this one I also burned the beard and other hair before painthing. The burned lines work as a barrier between the colors. The temp of your burner also varies with each piece of wood. I test making the lines on scraps of the piece if wood I am working on. I also apply very thin coats as I get nere the lines building color. Hope that is helpful.
 

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Wow. Thank you for adding the details about your process. I hadn't thought of the wood burning acting like a stain barrier, but it makes a lot of sense.
 

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People must love to walk with your sticks…

That burning technic really adds contrast…

cool man…
 

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Love these sticks, thank you for sharing this with us from Henrico County Virginia
 
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