How To Carve Walking Sticks
Each walking stick is carved by hand with chisels and mallet.
The wood I use is Red Alder, a fast growing deciduous tree.
Red Alder is a hardwood and very abundant along the Oregon Coast.
I cut with a permit from the Siuslaw National Forest in areas that would be cut down anyway for access roads or logging. The wood's varying colors and textures still surprise me. With sixty plus inches of rain per year, the thick forest canopy forces the trees to grow tall, with few branches. Great Walking Stick material!
The Walking Sticks are carved while the wood is still green and the bark is on.
As they cure, they develop a beautiful rich patina.
The walking stick also becomes very light and strong.
Starting at the top of the stick, I position the work so it faces you.
The shaped, hand-laced leather grip and wrist sling (patent pending), give a fit that increases your comfort and reduces fatigue. The leather sling also helps you hold the stick as your arm pushes forward.
Hand stitched leather bags can be used to carry a compass, cell phone, car keys or beach treasures. Bags can be ordered in custom sizes.
I use flowing patterns accented with copper, brass, specialty beads and other artistic pieces. I am always on the lookout for something different. the Custom Walking Sticks page shows the design options the Walking Sticks for Purchase page has even more ideas.
I leave the bottom 12 inches free of any design so you can cut the stick to your desired height. I taper the end and fit a rubber tip to cushion your walk
and quiet your travels.
After the walking stick is carved I apply two coats of acrylic polyurethane in a satin finish to add depth to the color and increase durability.
When you use your walking stick you will find it helps you keep your balance when crossing streams or traversing hillsides.
It will give you extra power going uphill and help reduce stress on the knees
when going down hill. If your negotiating downed trees or pushing aside spider webs or brush a good walking stick is a must!