Wood Carving Walking Sticks

Wood Carving Walking Sticks

wood Carving Cane Toppers by Lora IrishWalking Sticks and canes are a favorite wood carving project for both beginning carvers to the most advanced woodworker.  This free, online project by Lora Irish will take you through the basic techniques used in choosing your wood staffs and sticks, wood carving cane toppers, cane construction, and finishing used for walking sticks.  Learn how to use wood burning in your cane carving to clean the joint lines of your carving and add fine details.  Explore the different steps you can use to add bright, bold painted coloring.

This free Irish project will be posted over the next several weeks, and will include how to carve the planes of the wood spirit face.  So please check back often to see what new techniques, patterns, and ideas Lora has posted.

Harvesting Walking Sticks – Learn how to harvest, store, and dry your tree saplings and branches for cane carving.

Common Tree Species – Take a look around your own backyard to discover which tree species you can use for walking stick and cane carving.

Adding Extras – Make your walking stick stand out by adding a small ‘What If’ bag to your staff.

Our next lessons will focus on Cane Construction Techniques!

Wood Spirit Gourd Masks

Wood Spirit Gourd Masks

webimage-urbanlargeLet our patterns spark your imagination today!

It’s gourd and pumpkin carving season around the studio.  While cleaning up from one of my current gourd art projects, Basket Weaving, Braided Raffia Gourd Rims, I came across the leftover, cut-out section of gourd.  As a wood carver and pyrographer I often create and use practice boards in my teaching.  This small section of gourd seemed perfect for just that purpose.

Soon I had an acrylic under-painting with colored pencil wood spirit face worked up … but what to do with it.  The face painting came out so very well that I didn’t want to just ‘take a photo then throw it in a box for storage’.

Some hot glue, copper foil, electric wires, vintage and damaged jewelry pieces, some thick cotton yarn, and a pair of old glasses quickly turned a practice gourd scrap into an Urban Warrior Gourd Art Mask.

To learn how to make your own Urban Warrior Steampunk Mask please visit our newest free, online project, Wood Spirit Gourd Mask.

Both the Urban Steampunk Warrior Mask, shown, and the Wood Spirit Gourd Mask free project are worked from our Fun Wood Spirits pattern package ,available at ArtDesignsStudio.com.   While you are visiting our line art craft patterns website please note that our Halloween pattern packages have just been posted.

Halloween Scroll Saw 1 – 21 scroll saw ghouls, pumpkins, zombies, and more.
Halloween Scroll Saw 2 – 21 scroll saw cats, bats, rats, witches, ghosts and more.
Pumpkin and Fun Halloween Pattern Package – 71 fun designs for the very young Trick or Treaters.

When you get your’s done, please drop me an image through our Contact Me page.  I would love to start an Urban Warrior Mask gallery to share ideas.