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.
Artist: J.R. Goslant