Another Wrap – Chevron

Another Wrap - Chevron

This wrap is a chevron and was on one of the handcrafted walking sticks I create and sell. The wrap is a very easy one – but still takes around 8 plus hours to do by hand. Wrapped one thread at a time.

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A Weeping Flower

A Weeping Flower

I drew this on the stick and then carved it out. It is now painted with gold petals except for the one falling petal which is heart shaped, painted red like a drop of blood. I will design a few more similar to this on other sticks someday because it symbolizes loss of love. yeah, I know, sappy. Of course this was pre sanding and using finishing tools. This was the rough – out I made. And the heart is broken. The crease in the heart was also redefined as I progressed.

Photo Restoration

Photo Restoration

Another of my current hobbies is photo restoration, which I learned while in college. The colors here are gaudy. Who picked them? Hmmm…anyhow, this is one of the samples I repaired. Time consuming. Why is it all my hobbies eat up so much time that I don’t have. I need to quit my day job so I have time for all these hobbies. Hah!! I wish.

More Signs

More Signs

Hey baby, whats your sign? I carve signs for people when I get the time. And I never charge enough for my work. I do all my carving by hand with gouges, chisels and knives – so its very labor intensive work. These three were works in progress and part of a period where I had immense amounts of time while working full time. I was carving on my half hour lunch break each day. I drew crowds while I sat on The Commons in Ithaca, NY and carved signs and walking sticks. It was good exposure but only led to one job. Oh well, I love to carve, write, and photograph, and they all demand much attention and time to be at the least decent.

A Gathering of Observers

A Gathering of Observers

They used to watch me write for hours, and were very good company. I made them who they are, and hopefully they are used for walking as they were meant to be. It’s sad, thinking of them being somewhere outside my realm, not knowing if they are mistreated. I hope they are admired, used properly, and handed down through generations. I built them to last and poured my heart into each and every one of them. They were my humble beginnings.

A few hundred yards of thread

A few hundred yards of thread

A few of the custom thread wraps I have done on commission on walking sticks I create. They literally take 16-32 hours each, threads are wrapped one at a time to produce a pattern. It takes much patience to do this, and I usually work three hours at a time or chance screwing up. Its rewarding to see the finished product. I have done over 180 carved and wrapped sticks in the past 10 years, would have done more but work keeps getting in the way of my free time.