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yes loads of high quality sticks there quite a few people .Bit dissapionted with the venue not enougth suppliers there .But meet some nice people and picked up useful tips .Talked to a good stickmaker on how he stains his sticks . Unusal way of doing it but increadible carved superb finish. His dogs hares and bird toppers wher all stained with soil, just common garden soil he wets it coats the carving with it , leaves it to dry brush's it of .He sometimes mixes different soils together for different tones.. He uses very little paint mainly black. And even inserts whiskers into his hares.

Will post pic later when I get them sorted .He just seals them after , pleased to say he doesn't use gloss varnish which gives the creature a much more natural look. Some of the best carved topers I have seen all with soil.

Sorry you didn't make it Lol999 Spent a couple of hours there long way for a 5 round hour round trip
 

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yes loads of high quality sticks there quite a few people .Bit dissapionted with the venue not enougth suppliers there .But meet some nice people and picked up useful tips .Talked to a good stickmaker on how he stains his sticks . Unusal way of doing it but increadible carved superb finish. His dogs hares and bird toppers wher all stained with soil, just common garden soil he wets it coats the carving with it , leaves it to dry brush's it of .He sometimes mixes different soils together for different tones.. He uses very little paint mainly black. And even inserts whiskers into his hares.

Will post pic later when I get them sorted .He just seals them after , pleased to say he doesn't use gloss varnish which gives the creature a much more natural look. Some of the best carved topers I have seen all with soil.

Sorry you didn't make it Lol999 Spent a couple of hours there long way for a 5 round hour round trip
I onc e had a good discussion with Colin Hickman at the Harrogate Woodworking show and he said that he used soil for getting colours on his carvings.
 

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Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing them cobalt. Some great looking sticks! Some very talented carvers and craftsmen. I would love to see the process used when using soil's for staining the wood. I have used tea and coffee to stain some projects.
Thanks again cobalt
 

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A few pictures of a one piece crook with a owl on it by Staffordshire stickmaker. 1st rate work. Getting hold of piece like this is very difficult

picture of a beaver by Tony wilkes

We are very lucky here such a diverse range of toppers and material and the quality of the work is amazing particularly in rams horn and buffalo horn

you can walk in any show and never see similar carved items such a range of wild life carvings

never see a" me to item "

even the shanks get such attention never twisted or bent good colours

Water Plant Wood Botany Vegetation
Plant Water Botany Wood Natural landscape


Wood Fawn Natural material Terrestrial animal Snout
 

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