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    Completed this golden eagle topper for a walking stick today. I redid the paint some and applied a satin urethane, it is carved in Basswood. You would think it would be easy to find a stick to put it on. But I am out of straight sticks that have had 8 months to a year to cure. The one I was going to use had checked badly so it kindling. I do have some drying but they have only been drying about 4 months. And thanks to tropical storm Gordon I picked up 10 new ones in the neighborhood. This last week that will be ready to use in May or June of 19. I will have to go shopping. I like the free ones best.

    Golden E.jpg
    Randy

    WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

  • #2
    What about a 1" dowel?
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Nice job on the eagle Randy,.... very lifelike!... I'm no authority on walking sticks , having only made a couple, but here is what I did for one and it seemed to work ok. I cut a piece of basswood 32"X 1-1/2" and tapered it down to 3/4" on the bottom end. I then rounded it all the way round and carved 4 relief faces in it.
      I'll try and take pictures of what I did, but i find it difficult to get a good picture of a walking stick or cane due to their shape and size.
      Wayne
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      If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
        What about a 1" dowel?
        I have used dowles Joe. But for this one I had pland on using a hawthorne stick I had and the carving base is 11/4".Plus for the customer the stick needs to be 49" to 50" for a proper grip.
        Randy

        WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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        • #5
          First class carving and like the details.
          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

          http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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          • #6
            Thanks for including your hand = far better sense of size. Looks to be soft under the hand, which matters to me.
            The eagles up here are sitting in the river bank cottonwoods, waiting for the salmon to show up!
            Your carving will be a conversation-starter, for sure.

            Can you fit a temporary greenwood stick while your client waits for the good woods to season?

            Is this a sort of hiking stick? My cane is custom fitted for me, about 32 1/2 ".
            Brian T

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            • #7
              Hi Randy, You are going to have a Very Satisfied Customer with this Eagle Topper. Detail , Carving ,and Finish is Eye Catching. Good Job.m Merle

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              • #8
                Nice job Randy

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                • #9
                  Nice bird Randy, I just don't have the patience to do feather work like that.

                  Tinwood

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                  • #10
                    Another top shelf carving, Randy! Excellent feather detailing. Very life-like.
                    Keep On Carvin'
                    Bob K.

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                    • #11
                      Beautiful work, Randy. Sounds like Gordon was more help than hindrance to you.

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