Shaving away at the ash timber to get the basic shape right. Drawing on and redrawing the profiles as the shape gets closer...
Roughed out and marking up a piece of ash for a heron walking stick crook
Block stick seasoned and ready to be carved into a diving kingfisher walking stick
Painted paper carving profile on top of ash timber carving blank
Painted paper carving profile on top of ash carving blank
Painted paper profile on top of ash timber carving blank
Carved piece with the sawn sections alongside
Late stage carving - just the beak and berry to finish.
Early stage carving showing rounding out of contours.
Cut to maximum thickness. Showing wooden dowel dry fitted.
Blank cut out ready for carving
Template on lime carving blank
A set of 10mm eyes being offered up in order to find the best iris colour match
Feather texture and colour staining almost resolved...
Carved ash with eye temporarily fitted and initial feather texture being applied with pyrography
Band sawn ash blank with paper design template for bittern topped walking stick
Steps in making a garganey duck head walking stick
The final duck head carving with eyes set and fully painted.
Final carving before setting the eyes and texturing with feathers.
Head emerging from the block. The eye channel, musculature and bill detail.
The bill is starting to take shape and other elements of the profile
The start of roughing out the carving, softening the edges and forming the bill
Template for duck head carving set on top of band sawn block to assist rendering and carving lines
Basic cut out for duck head carving with eye socket drilled
Preliminary sketches for a beaver walking stick
Steps from design sketch to finished carving of a reed bunting thumb stick - The sketch
Robin Walking and Hiking Stick
Detail of carved goldfinch walking stick
Goldfinch walking stick carved by hand in lime timber with a coppice hazel shank. Painted with artist acrylics.
Detail image of robin walking stick
Kingfisher one-piece walking stick carved from hazel
One-piece carving of a kingfisher diving through autumn leaves. From a coppice hazel block stick. Mainted with acrylics and finished with acryilic varnishes
One-piece carving of a kingfisher diving through autumn leaves. From a coppice hazel block stick. Painted with acrylics and finished with acryilic varnishes
One-piece carving of a kingfisher diving through autumn leaves. All life size. Carved from a coppice hazel block stick. Painted with acrylics and finished with acryilic varnish.
Bittern carved from ash
Heron walking stick carved from ash. Coloured with wood stain and sealed with exterior matt acrylic lacquer. With a coppice hazel shaft, finished with quality brass ferrule.