Years ago, I saw a golden eagle carrying a rattlesnake in its talons, and I kept it in mind that I’d like to try and capture that memory in a piece of art. So, I finally got out my carving tools and got started. I made this walking stick from tupelo and lodgepole pine. You can find it and my other available artwork on my shop, https://stinnett-sticks.square.site/. And if you’d like to see how I created this walking stick, I hope to have a new video up on my Youtube channel, Stinnett Sticks, on Friday, February 4th. Thanks for stopping by!
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For years people have asked me to share the details of how I make a rattlesnake walking stick. So along with the help of my family, I am writing a fully illustrated and detailed, how-to-carve a diamondback rattlesnake walking stick book. I hope that this guide will help save you time and frustration as you carve your own functional artwork. It’s almost finished and we are very excited! We will keep you updated on it’s progress!
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of this project that was made by Andrew Garris. I think this was a very neat idea to put the carved wooden trout into the handle of his fish net. You can see his work on instagram @andrew_d_g You can see the YouTube video of my work on the Rainbow Trout here: https://youtu.be/_OEkkAGFsY4
I got a request for a table top model of a Cottonmouth. Here, I show it before and after texture and paint. I debated on whether to carve it with it’s cotton mouth showing and decided that it would be more enduring for the viewers to have his mouth closed. The owner of this piece put it in a display case and enjoys the reaction that he gets from those he shows it to. You can see my process on this in my YouTube video, here: https://youtu.be/LDHcspRVxYA
I really enjoy making mini fish and this is the second Rainbow Trout that I have made. Below is the video showing how I made the first one. I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to be creative too!
In this video I show how I made this little Rainbow Trout.
I enjoyed making this Aesculapian Snake walking stick. I used the airbrush to blend from the yellow to the brown. It was much trickier than I expected to get it the way I wanted. A lot of hand brushing went into highlighting and flecking the scales. I was very pleased with the wood grain on this piece of wood. Thanks for stopping by.
Carved Cholla Cactus makes a great backdrop for the Gila Monster Lizard, Coral Snake and Scorpion on this desert themed cane. The Tarantula came to me as an after thought. It was made-to-order for a war vet from the Southwest.
I posted a video on this one on youtube, so perhaps you’ve already seen it.
Featuring Mike Stinnett’s wood carved walking stick #93. Carved out of a single piece of wood.
I made this walking stick for a retired field biologist. The purpose was to bring together a few of the things she loved from the wetland ecosystem. As you can see in the video below, I carved this from a single piece of alder wood. The antennas on the crawfish were made of leather and added. It took me at least two months. I really enjoyed it!
Video of his process down below!
Watch The Video of the Creation of this One of a Kind Walking Stick!
Here’s the full video on how I made a Chickadee and Blackberry Bramble walking stick! If you’re interested in some of the tools I use or recommend, check out the link below.
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