Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank

Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank

Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank
I have carved a number of cormorants, based on the numerous cormorants we see daily from our house on the gower peninsular. They are magnificent birds and these magnificent sticks, in my view, do them justice. The stick advertised here is unfinished and will be finished as above to order only. The head carved by hand in a piece of lime or basswood (linden tree), and mounted on a superb dappled hazel shank. The shank is a particularly well coloured piece of hazel with pronounced divers and bronze colours showing. It is imo the best coloured shank i have seen. The stick is approx 57 inches overall, and can be cut to required length upon request. I would like to stress that this head, unlike most others on etsy, is wood hand carved not cast resin. Each is therefore unique. I an unable to make two identical heads due to differences in wood grain and even things like my mood when carving. These are collectors sticks, each is unique and a piece of art. Hi steve received them this morning ive shot woodcock all my life mainly in the mountains of north wales my father was a woodcock man im a real lover of the bird i prefer the 2 first ones there abits more bulky and resemble almost exact size of a real woodcock head nothing wrong with the 3rd but just me i prefer the first 2 thanks. It is supplied with a brass ferrule unless one is not required, just ask. I have always had a keen interest in diy and woodwork in particular. Both my father and grandfather were very capable woodworkers, my grandfather spent his retirement carving and was a most accomplished wood carver. I try to always use local hardwoods and locally hand cut shanks, most of my hazel i cut myself from trees growing around a medieval castle here on the gower. I pick it up cheaply but it needs a great deal of work planing, cutting and sanding, before i can use it, it is very time consuming. Each stick takes two to three days to complete, often over the course of a few weeks, i often carve two or three heads at a time, then mount them on shanks and finish them in small batches. As it is a hobby rather than a business, i tend to make whatever i fancy making, and only when i feel in the mood. The walking sticks are usually on either hazel or chestnut shanks. Strong, nicely tapered, rich burgundy / chocolate coloured bark with interesting, regular figuring around the numerous, carefully dressed knots. Take a beautiful oiled finish. Hazel is the default choice for stickmaking. Strong, nicely tapered and with varied and attractive bark markings. The bark markings can vary from almost gold to silver and many other variations. They are a natural product and blemishes etc cannot be ruled out, in fact should be expected as they add character to the stick.
Collectors Cormorant headed beating or hiking stick, carved by hand in lime on a hazel shank