Wood Knot

Wood Knot

A variation on a celtic knot, part of a larger piece on a walking stick I was working on and eventually finished. All done by hand using knives, gouges and chisels.

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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.

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.