Any one of our UK members going to the Guilds Jamboree in Bakewell tomorrow? I would love to be able to see it. If one of you get to attend I hope you will post a few pictures.
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.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