Walking Sticks & Canes

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When making walking sticks and canes, I go out and walk the bush looking for suitable material. I like to go at the end of summer or early fall when the bush is not all wet and swampy and the bugs aren't too bad, but the leaves are still present to help me identify the trees. It is pretty hot, dirty and sweaty work, and time-consuming because far more potential sticks are rejected than are harvested because they are too crooked or too straight or too thin or thick...there are a million reasons! I write the wood on the stick while I'm out there so I don't forget what it is. When I get them home, first I strip off the bark, Seal the ends up with saran wrap to prevent splitting, and then I let them dry for at least a year before I work on them. Some dry up to 6 or 7 years before I decide what to do with them. I like to combine gemstones with the wood, because wood and gemstones are both things I think are beautiful, and they can only enhance each other's beauty. Sometimes I carve or paint the sticks, sometimes I like to leave the more natural beauty of the wood itself. I use Helmsman Spar Urethane as a final finishing touch in order to make sure the stick has a very durable finish. It can be somewhat difficult to get good photos of the sticks because they are so long and thin, but I hope I have provided an adequate view.


Because of their odd sizes, shipping cost is difficult to predict.  If you are interested in a stick, I can find out what shipping would be.


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Volcano Cherry Quartz inset in Crabapple walking stick. Nice and gnarly! Stick is 42.5" long, stone measures 3/4" x 1/2".
I made this cane for our neighbour Richard. He is a musician, so it has music notes, guitars, and a treble clef incorporated into the design. The cane is
Grapevine walking stick has oceanic scene. Coral reef dwellers inhabit the bottom of the scene, with colourful reef fish (find Nemo anyone?) Next comes an abstract design in ocean colours in a style similar to that done by the aboriginal Australians, then you see two sea turtles,. Above that are an Orca and a dolphin trying to capture some of the school of silvery fish that are racing around the stick. Above that colourful jellyfish hang below bands of colour which represent the white surf and the darkening blues of the ocean as it gets deeper.  
This grapevine was dried for a year before being worked.  42" long.
Cane with intertwined rattlesnakes, loosely based on a Diamondback and a timber Rattler. I don't know what kind of wood this is, because the owner had the cane already and I just did the painting.  
Hickory walking stick with Green Jasper disc inset in end.  Stick is 46.5" long. Stone is 5/8" across.
Irregular chunk of
Tigereye inset into the top of a Hickory walking stick. Stick is 45" long, Tigereye is 1" across at widest point.
Grapevine cane with colourful designs done in the Aboriginal Australian style. My father cut this piece and never did anything with it, it dried for 10+ years before I did the painting on it.

Hickory Walking stick has inset green Mother of Pearl pointed ovals on the sides,and Yellow Turquoise disc inset in top. Stick is 46" long, Yellow Turquoise measures 5/8" across, and Mother of Pearl insets are 5/8" long.
Hickory walking stick with Green Jasper oval inset in top. Stick is 48" long. Jasper inset is 1" long.

Hawthorn walking stick with inset Yellow Turquoise disc. Disc is 5/8" in diameter, stick is 44.5" long.

Hickory walking stick with inset Tigereye and prehistoric cave-style ornamentation, Stick is 45" long, Tigereye is 1" long.

Turquoise oval inset into top of Hawthorn walking stick. 42" long, Turquoise is 1/2" x 3/8".


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