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A couple of weeks ago I went on a 4 day excursion with my Father in law. We were near a site where they had done some strip lumbering. Basically they push everything down and then harvest. I found a few nice sticks with root balls attached. They had been sitting for about a year so they had some cracks and wear, but still decent sticks. I took that time to sketch one and bring the others home.
First pic is my view and then my WIP with a couple of coats of tung oil.

I call carving without reference a 'sketch', basically just working on hand skills and blade use.

I'm going to finish it with some leather and a copper ferule (reducer from lowes) and give it to one of the guys on the trip for Christmas.

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Full of character,. both the stick and carving take a pic when you have finished it

The picture is very moody of the wood nice one
 

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That is a beautiful root crown, upside down. Just the sort of sapling stick I'd like to make.

What is the story with the embedded string and horse hair?
 
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