Working with a wide variety of Southern hardwoods, I create a wide assortment of both hip high and tall walking sticks. Each is unique, as the wood reveals its qualities to me. The characteristics of the wood, such as thigmatropism, determine the final form. Often various shapes are carved into the handle or the top of a hiking stick, as suggested by the wood’s form. At times, items or personal mementos are incorporated into custom made walking sticks. Also, wood or horn may be bent and shaped to complete the walking stick. The finished product is a unique heirloom suitable for daily use and meant to last for generations. In my demonstration, I convey both the history and lore of the woods such as the American Chestnut, so that it too may be carried on to future generations.
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