“Wanderer” Hiking Stick

This is one of a series of projects I did with a more minimalist aesthetic. I tried some ideas I hadn’t tried before like leaving some of the bark on the wood to create a different look. The polyurethane coats enhanced the different shades on the bark making it look like chocolate and vanilla marble cake.

There’s only limited wood-burning on this staff: the diagonal lines bordering the bark hand-grip; a compass star; and the words “Not All Who Wander Are Lost.” On the opposite side is a leaf preserved and attached with polyurethane. It stars at about 61” tall and has a good weight that makes it sturdy, but still light enough to use while hiking.

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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Buddhist Staff

This staff stands at 55” and was one of a series of smaller projects with a more minimalist aesthetic. There’s only two symbols burned into the top, a tan, raw-hide grip, and two glass fish beads reminiscent of koi fish. The symbols are the Buddhist “Ohm” symbol and the Japanese character for “peace.”

The polyurethane was originally meant to just protect and preserve the wood, but it also really enhanced the colors of the wood creating a marble-like contrast.

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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Cthulhu Cult Staff

The Staff of Cthulhu is certainly unique both in terms of the process and final product. Despite standing at 63” tall (a little longer if you measure with the curve) it’s surprisingly lightweight. The smooth, pale wood provided an excellent canvas for the wood-burning to really pop and stand out. However, the curved nature of a staff meant I had to wrap the image I wanted. The difficulty came in trying to navigate where to put what without bumping into something else. It also required texturing and slight shading which I hadn’t done with a wood-burner yet.

But, as you can see, Cthulhu’s hands, claws, wings, and mass off tentacles all fit within the limited space. Beneath the main depiction and hand grip made of black rawhide lace, are smaller cuneiform-like symbols I used to represent the phonetics of “Ph’nglui mglw’ nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn,” as it is in the Lovecraft mythos. It of course translates to “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” After the pyrography was done I sanded it again and gave it several layers of polyurethane for protection and its aesthetics.

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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My Personal Egyptian Staff

During the summer, I went hiking with a few friends and realized that despite crafting and selling all sorts of staffs and hiking sticks, I had failed to make myself one. That’s when a long, thin, dry piece of pine caught my eye on the side of the trail. I broke it down to size and part of a twisted root at what would now be the top.

After I got it home, I debarked most it, shaped the root a little, and gave it a good sanding. I opted for keeping some of the bark in places because I ended up really liking the texture; I had never worked with pine before, but found it very enjoyable. The bark nearest the top wrapped with a simple pattern of black rawhide lace serves as the hand grip.

The twisted root now holds a “stone” of green glass and several marbles I f(strangely) found while hiking, or on the way to go hiking. It’s also wrapped with waxed hemp and a small amount of copper wire, both for their aesthetics – it really pulls the ornaments together as single section-  and for keeping said ornaments securely fastened to the staff. The bottom of this section is boarded by tan rawhide lace which also serves to attach a number of small charms and beads: an Egyptian scarab; a red bead depicting the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, a double sided charm depicting Quetzalcoatl on one and the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan on the other, a ring that accompanied it, and a stragate pendant.

The pyrography displays the ancient Egyptian god of wisdom, Thoth; my name in a cartouche and hieroglyphics; and my name in cuneiform-like symbols. It stands at 65.5” tall and is coated with several layers of polyurethane.

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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.

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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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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