Bird Feathers Hiking Stick

Measuring only 49” or 4’1” this piece falls more into the cane or walking sticking category. The wood I’ve had for a while and can’t recall its origin, but it’s sturdy and is probably a local hardwood. It’s smooth to the touch and has been adorned with various bird feather patterns and a series of small bird tracks made with various paint pens. Near the top are a few strips of tan rawhide where several small eagle charms are affixed along with a blue jay feather weighted down with a dark turquoise bead.  I sprayed with an acrylic sealer to keep the paint from running and for overall preservation and protection from weathering. Because the acrylic seal is so thin I tried an experiment and polished it off with some boiled linseed oil as an extra measure and it came out surprisingly well. However, in the interest of full disclosure, during the process, as sometimes happens with these projects, some linseed oil got onto the rawhide leather strips. It darkened them nicely, but is generally not supposed to be applied to leather as it can cause problems like stiffening down the road. However, stiffening, shouldn’t be a problem since the leather serves no functional operation and furthermore most of what I read said a single application shouldn’t be too problematic anyway, it’s with repeated applications that issues tend to arise.

 

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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Knotted Haft Garnet Magic Wand

I’m very proud of this wand. When I came across the haft laying in some brush I knew it’d be perfect for wand-crafting.

The haft and blade are made from separate pieces of wood. After removing the bark from the knotted haft and shaping the blade I sanded them down, secured them together, and the whole wand a few coats of boiled linseed oil for protection and aesthetics. A garnet crystal was also embedded in the base of the haft.

Even though it’s a bit large for a wand at about 17” it’s well balanced with a comfortable, natural grip.

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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Engraved Stones

I’ve recently by practicing engraving various depictions on stones with plans for a more extensive engraving project planned.

If you can’t tell, I have an affinity for ancient Egyptian culture and astronomy choosing to carve out ancient hieroglyphs and star constellations – Orion and the twelve signs of the zodiac. The larger black stones are coated with a water-proof sealant meant to protect the ink and giving the stones a remarkable sheen that came out wonderful!  The smaller colored and black stones have no coating since I used a paint-pen which dries quicker and won’t smudge despite handling.

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Gyarados Hiking Staff

 

To celebrate the resurgence of Pokemon popularity I decided to make a walking stick for any potential pokemon trainers playing the new game to take with them while they’re catching pokemon.

This staff took a good amount of time to complete and was at times very frustrating to make with several tiny hiccups occurring in the creation process, but thankfully they weren’t able to detract from the finished project.

A Gyarados wraps around the top of the staff and I used a wood burner to create its outline. Below the hand grip are three Magikarp and all four pokemon were colored using metallic inks.

The hand grip is made of tightly wound black colored raw hide and covered with a clear sealer for protection. The staff itself is covered in several coats of polyurethane for the same purpose and comes to a height of 61”.

I’m considering making other pokemon staffs and including team colors and symbols from the new game as well as original pokemon type symbols.

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Solar System Hiking Stick

 

To celebrate the arrival of Juno to Jupiter and the profound progress we’ve made exploring our nook in the cosmos I decided to make a hiking stick depicting our solar system. Or, in other words, if taken hiking, it depicts the part of the universe you’re exploring while you do it!

From top to bottom: the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Sorry, no Pluto. Each celestial body was done using metallic ink, then coated with several layers of polyurethane to preserve both the stick and images and for overall protection from the elements. While debarking the wood, the innermost layer remained leaving the staff a reddish-brown copper color and comes to 56” tall.

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Hiking Stick

Decided to make some fan art for one of my all-time favorite stories and “trilogy” series: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.”

I’m uncertain of the wood type since I only use found pieces and can only identify a species by its leaves and then only if those leaves are oak, or maple. During the de-barking process some of the innermost layers of bark were retained and giving the stick it’s lovely reddish-brown color.

The hiking stick stands at just under 55” tall featuring the iconic words “Don’t Panic,” the more iconic number “42,” and eyeless, smiling alien on many of the book covers in metallic ink at the top. I then finished it off with a few coats of polyurethane for aesthetics as well as protection from the elements so it can be used while exploring the universe and eating pie.

I decided against using a whale and flower pot, but may include them if I make another.

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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Petroglyph Shaman Staff

 

Petroglyphs from around the world have a mysterious allure, recording stories lost to the ages. The entire upper half of this staff is ornately covered with petroglyphs from various cultures burned into the wood. Many originate from the American Southwest.

The decretive band is made of rawhide and adorned with numerous beads including 2 made from walrus teeth and another from a canine claw. The top has several stones embedded and wrapped with waxed hemp including tiger’s eye and a tektite – which was formed from the heat of a meteorite impact. It stands at 66” tall and has been given three coats of polyurethane for aesthetics and protection from the elements.

This staff is perfect for ceremonies, or just going for a casual walk.

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Pagan Themed Staff

This was my first commission piece: a friend requested a “pagan” staff with a few specific symbols to give as a Christmas gift.

The handle grip is black rawhide bordered with brown at the top and bottom. Attached are two strands of carved beads and pieces of hematite.

At the very top is a green gemstone wrapped with rawhide and just below it are a compass rose and pentacle etched with a wood burner.

While googling various designs and cultural motifs I came across a wonderful Viking dragon, or serpent and burned one onto each side of the staff. Wrapping down and around the main body is another, simpler and stylized Viking serpent. Serpents, and dragons, are important mythological figures around the world and don’t always represent evil, or sinister beings. They often represent power and rebirth since they shed their skin. Inside the serpent are the Elder Futhark rune set and “May the Force be with you.”

The final two symbols are a horizontal crescent with three raindrop shapes signifying a goddess and a spiral representing a spiritual journey. Two pieces of garnet accompany the spiral and have different meanings depending on what source is consulted, but in this symbolize power and spiritual dreaming.

The final staff stands at about five feet and has a few coats of polyurethane finish. Everything was colored using metallic ink and a bronze permanent marker.

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Dinosaur Fossil Hiking Stick

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? I’d be lying if I said “Jurassic World” didn’t help inspire this piece as you may have guessed from the mosasaur skeleton depicted.

From top to bottom there is a Utah Raptor (“Jurassic Park” Velociraptor), Mosasaur, and a Brachiosaurus wrapped around the staff a few times. There are also 3 ammonite fossils embedded and bordered with rawhide. Each fossil skeleton was created using a wood burner, and it came out pretty well even though it was my first time using one. And of course, there’s a few coats of polyurethane to give the stick a nice sheen.

The hiking staff is about 55″, or roughly 4.5 feet tall.

This was a very fun piece to make and a great introduction to wood burning.

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Native American Hiking Stick

 

I’ve always admired Native American culture and aesthetics and thought I could make a great cultural themed hiking stick, so I did.

There are 7 (6 distinct) symbols drawn on with metallic ink; a section wrapped with tan rawhide and bordered with black for grasping; seashells, beads, and feathers hanging from the side; two pieces of turquoise embedded; a purple gemstone on the top and it’s a few inches under 6’6″. It’s also been covered with a few coats of polyurethane, except for under the rawhide since the coatings were an afterthought.

The symbols depicted are 2 eagles, a kokopelli, turtle, bear, medicine wheel, and symbol for the sun. Symbols vary in their depictions and meanings depending on the tribe, but the overall meanings for each symbol used are as follows:

Eagle: Our national bird was deeply revered by Native Americans and represented numerous traits, but chief among them were courage, wisdom, and truth. Variations of those traits are also represented like honor, power, and freedom.

Kokopelli: This is a popular symbol even today and originates in the American Southwest. The mythical figure was believed to be the harbinger of Spring, playing his flute and dancing, the Kokopelli would spread joy and harmony while bringing the warmer months with him from village to village. He is also a potent symbol for agriculture and fertility.

Bear: Most animals symbols represent characteristics the animal itself possesses. The bear is the same way representing both strength and courage as well as motherhood (and other things associated with those like childbirth) because of how fiercely mother bears will protect their young.

Turtle: The slow, but steady turtle represents health and long life since they themselves live a long time, some live longer than humans. It’s also representative of protection and the ability to overcome and preserver as the shell allows the turtle to do.

Medicine Wheel: This is a very important symbol containing lots of information. It shows the cardinal directions and also the earth, sky, and circle of life. Each section is also associated with its own animal and color.

Sun Symbol: It obviously symbolizes the sun and played a large role in all ancient cultures since it is literally what makes life on Earth possible. It can represent powerful deities who were the “givers,” or “bringers” of light.

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