Tom starts with a sapling straight from the hillside and takes the carver through each step to create a charming cane. He begins with prepping the sapling, helps the reader think through the design of the spirit that will emerge, and explains the various carving techniques that are needed to do the work. Finally he shows the painting and finishing steps, including ways to conceal unexpected problems. Each step is clearly photographed in color, with a concise, easy-to-understand explanation of what is happening and how to do it.
Each of the three types of walking sticks is generously represented among the 86 patterns in this book. Their designs include everything from fish to dragons and birds to beavers. The 86 patterns presented are for the handles only - not the actual cane or stick. This is a valuable reference book for all carvers. 64pp