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First, a bit about myself.

I am a long time artist but first time carver. I do photography as a hobby and Graphic Design as a somewhat living. Anyhow, awhile back I contracted Lyme Disease pretty badly and it wiped out a good hunk of my memory among many other issues. It's been pretty hard to recover and get back into the Design so now i am looking to do something with my hands without having to retain a great deal of memory.

Long story short, I am venturing into wood carving as hopefully, a living.

Today I picked out a few pieces of Driftwood from the local river. Mostly all large limbs but I am sure I can make something of them.

Anyhow, my question is. I picked up one limb that has some really neat formations in it, knots etc. One looks like this:

https://nhgardensolutions.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/1-tree-carving.jpg

Only of course much smaller (and no face carving) , the limb is about 12-14" round. Can anyone tell me the name of this defect? It almost looks like the tree is wrapped around another smaller tree inside.

I starred at it for some time trying to think of what I can do with it to no avail. So I am hoping maybe I can find some inspiration online of various carvings revolving around the same sort of defect.

Thanks!
 

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Welcome! Sorry to read about your bout with Lyme Disease. The link didn't work for me. Sounds like an interesting stick though.

Take a look around. You'll probably find some inspiration. There's a bunch of talented carvers with a wide range of styles represented here.

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Welcome! Sorry to read about your bout with Lyme Disease. The link didn't work for me. Sounds like an interesting stick though.

Take a look around. You'll probably find some inspiration. There's a bunch of talented carvers with a wide range of styles represented here.

Rodney
Thanks, try the link now?
 

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nice one

There are quite alot of tree carving on the web some very good ones

I have also been looking around for a landowner to get permission to do some tree carvings

I have a degree (B.A.Hons) in three dimensional design and mainly did glass sculpure its not to hard to transfer the skills , but getting the good chisels and peowr tools to do is more of a learning cur

But dressing sticks is a relaxing rewarding art form .And the old stickmakers are pure craftsmen at it and can turn there hand from rams / buffalo horn antler and wood carving with superb results of a high standard .

finding driftwood is a great way to start and it usually tells you what to carve it into.

good luck with the wood sounds a interesting project
 

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Thanks for fixing the link.

The tree's bark was damaged there at some point in the past. As new growth comes in, the tree is slowly growing back over the damaged area.

Rodney
Thanks. I guess there's no real term for it, just that it's a wound. I'll snap some pics of the limbs I yanked out today. I had a heck of a time getting them out and disturbed a bees nest in the ground trying which forced me to drag everything through thick brush and up a hill to get it out!
 

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Another question. Can Driftwood be used as a walking stick? Is it strong enough? I have a piece that is long enough for 2 walking sticks, is almost completely straight. It feels pretty sturdy but I am unsure how well it would work.
 

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I've always wanted to try a drift wood walking stick. Are we taking ocean driftwood? Because my Grandfather used it to make some small carvings and I remember some of it being rock hard. Oh! And welcome!
 

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Welcome to the forum, with the drift wood cut a small length from one end and split it to check that the core is still solid and not crumbly or pitted, the outside can appear strong due to smoothing by water but the strength is in the core.
 

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Sorry to hear about your problem w. Lyme's disease. I knew it caused severe fatigue symptoms, but not loss of memory.

3-d work is not too different than 2-d. Perhaps working on carving will bring back some of your graphic skills. Most likely, you will still need to envision what you are about to carve, and how to position your tool for the cut. No worries about color space, or resolution. No considerations about page layout, but still a need to watch for proportions within the carving area.

The problem w. dead sticks is that sometimes there are internal flaws that are not evident on the outside. My test for stick strength is to ram the stick into soft earth, as if I was falling forward. If it doesn't flex too much, or worse, shatter, I figure its OK for a walking stick.
 
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