Hand Carving Walking Sticks – or – Hand Carving Your Own Walking Stick
Hand Carving Walking Sticks. Learn to carve beautiful wildlife theme walking sticks with this easy-to-follow book. The book includes information on harvesting wood in addition to advice on finishing. Suggestions are also offered on paints, stains, varnishes, acrylics, and woodburning.
David Stehly walks the reader through the entire process of making artisan-quality sticks. Furthermore, these sticks, staffs and canes are as functional as they are beautiful. Step-by-step projects and ready-to-use patterns make it easy to get started in this hobby. An color photo gallery presents many of the author’s spectacular projects. Sticks adorned with lifelike lizards, magnificent bighorn sheep, leaping trout, and many more. Finally, special focus is on carving realistic snakes that wrap around the sticks, from a single piece of wood.
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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