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Hand Carving Your Own Walking Stick

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Learn to carve beautiful, wildlife-inspired walking sticks with this informative and easy-to-follow book. Hand Carving Your Own Walking Stick includes useful information on harvesting and curing wood, plus advice on getting the best finishing results with paints, stains, varnishes, acrylics, and woodburning. Award-winning woodcarver David Stehly walks the reader through the entire process of making artisan-quality sticks, staffs, and canes that are as functional as they are beautiful. Twelve step-by-step wood carving projects and ready-to-use patterns make it easy to get started in this relaxing and rewarding hobby. An inspirational color photo gallery illustrates many of the author's spectacular projects, including sticks adorned with lifelike lizards, magnificent bighorn sheep, leaping trout, and many more. A special focus is on carving realistic snakes that wrap around the sticks, all carved from a single piece of wood.


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Pages 72
Publish Date 2017-05-02
Size 8.5" x 11.0" x 0.17"
Author David Stehly
Product Form Paperback / softback


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Library Journal, November 2017
Most walking sticks are sturdy and utilitarian and lack embellishment, but not in this book by the late woodcarver Stehly. There is a nice introduction into sizes of walking sticks and a great chart of the best woods to use. Understanding of woodcarving technique is assumed. With an array of carving patterns featuring various reptiles, birds, and more, the author's true strength is realistic snakes. A few projects have detailed instruction, but the rest are generally outlined. For readers interested in stickmaking, Andrew Jones and Clive George's Stickmaking Handbook follows a more traditional path, whereas Stehly's work pushes into art. VERDICT These patterns and projects are certainly not for amateurs, but confident intermediate and advanced woodcarvers will find stunning patterns here to duplicate.


About the Author

David N. Stehly was a self-taught wood carver who worked almost exclusively with walking sticks and canes for over thirty years. A contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated magazine, David carved more than 2,000 walking sticks and won more than 30 awards at woodcarving shows.

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