Painted Viking Serpent Diamond Willow Staff

I’m tempted to say this staff is cursed. From the beginning nothing went the way I intended it and the final product turned out completely different from what I’d originally envisioned. Something would go wrong and I’d be forced to redo something else, or change the direction to compensate. Overall it still came out looking alright, just not its original intended look. And although I’m happy with the final outcome I’m more relieved that it’s finally done. It took a lot of hours to complete and even more to fine tune it and fix mistakes.


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Runic White Mage Crystal Wizard Staff

This is the first piece made with direct help from our new and first shop member other than myself. He debarked the wood, did most of the sanding and gave input into the overall design of the piece as well as assisting on other projects. It measures 65” or 5’5” from the base to the top of the glass crystal. Several pieces of amethyst were added along the underside of glass crystal for stability and aesthetic reasons, but really only the central stone remained visible of wrapping it with leather rawhide. The spiral running along the length of the staff was hand carved with a steel file and then highlighted with a silver paint pen and touches of copper too. Small blemishes and imperfections that didn’t come out with intense sanding were filled in with the copper paint to add a little more overall texture and nuance to the piece. Along the top of the spiral, I then used a wood burning tool to create the Elder Futhark rune set and the three larger runes symbolizing (from left to right) good luck, protection, and strength. There’s also a five pointed star and three sided knot on opposite sides of the top. I finished it by rubbing some boiled linseed oil along the length of the staff. And since I liked the accidental darkening effect of the oil on a previous staff (and because I already got some on the rawhide anyway) I applied some to the rawhide wrapping as well – which as I mentioned in another piece may not be the best idea, but shouldn’t be a problem for what the leather is being used for.

 

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.

Artist: J.R. Goslant

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Tribal Druid Shaman Staff / Runic Hiking Stick

Overall, I’d have to say I’m pleased with the finished product. I wanted to create something that aesthetically blended certain tribal, Nordic, and Greek elements together and feel like I’ve achieved that.

Burned in at the top are stars and two phases of the moon (waxing and waning crescents). Below those, is the hand grip made of mostly tan rawhide lace and bordered by black rawhide lace. After the grip is more wood-burning with the Greek zodiac symbols and Elder Futhark runic alphabet wrapped around about a third of the overall staff.

This Tribal Druid Shaman Staff is about 62” in height and has been coated with several layers of  polyurethane for protection from the elements and for its aesthetics.

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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Artist: J.R. Goslant

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Ceremonial Wizard Staff

I’ve finally finished it! A 6’6″ wizard staff! Started this piece a few years ago and added to it over time: first I found the stick, of course, and given its unique grooves I glued and embedded numerous crystals, shells, rocks, glass, and some coral into said grooves.

The vine (it’s actually a root) was uprooted by a friend attempting to build something in the woods. I kept it because it was extremely flexible and with a little time left to soak in some water it became bendable enough to wrap it more tightly around the branch.

Streaming down from the root are several strings of rawhide supporting beads, feathers, and animal bones. Most of the feathers came from blue-jays and the bones are most likely from a skunk, or raccoon- I found both the feathers and the bones so no animals were hunted down for the making of this awesome wizard staff!

At long last came the decision to give it a few coats of polyurethane for some weather-proofing and that nice, professional sheen.

It can be used during some kind of ceremony, for cosplay, or just for decoration. It could be used as a hiking stick, but it’s a bit heavy for that and the crystals and shells are fragile and likely to break while traipsing around the woods.

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Artist: J.R. Goslant

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