JJireh, I don't draw the wood spirit on the piece per say. I draw a capitol T on the stick and use that as the start points for the eye bridge and nose center and just wing it from there. I started out carving watching vids of a guy up in Pa.(stix and stones carving) I have a long way to go to achieve that kind of detail. I have started carving owls, bears heads and wolves heads on smaller pieces. Hope to perfect them enough to incorporate them into walking sticks as well soon. In the mean time I'll keep whittling away and making loads of "designer firewood" for our camping trips!!
i do like the black cherry and i am pretty sure you will achieve your goal of incorporating your designs into the stick of your choice
Its always good to start with designs your confident in it teach you a lot , generally speaking i like birds the feathered variety ,to old for the other variety ,so this where i started but i have a different approch to carving .Most of my work i add to the shank.For me it gives a wider range of subject matter.
Most carvers here take different approaches wich i think is great as a wider range of ideas improves stick making in general and helps to improve your own work
Good looking sticks. I've used cherry a couple of times, and i like to work with. Nice looking wood, not too hard to carve. I've tried several different types of maple. Some of the soft maples really did seem to soft. I had 1 good piece of sugar (hard) maple. Very strong, but I found that small detail carving tended shatter.
I've attached some pics of one of my stick racks. Rack holds a dozen sticks/canes and was made out of the deck boards I removed when added on to our deck. I would have preferred to oil finish the rack, but as it was made from treated lumber (green tint after sanding) so I opted to finish with a brown oil based house stain. I have another one finished like this one and a third on the way which I think I'll make the top support board several inches shorter to allow for better display of canes.
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