We Moved our Site! (Studio Updates)

Thanks to all of you who have been stopping by this wordpress website to see what Mike is up to and supporting his work. We are happy to announce that we now have an official website, www.stinnettsticks.com. Though we will not be deleting our wordpress site, most of our new activity will be on stinnettsticks.com.

On our new site we will continue to share news about Mike’s latest projects. Also, you will have the ability to purchase his book, tutorial, music and artwork and links to tools. We hope that you will come by, browse the site an sign up for our newsletter, so we can stay in touch!

How to Carve a Rattlesnake Walking Stick

Coming Soon!

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!

A Rainbow Trout Fishing Net

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

Carved Miniature Rainbow Trout

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.

Carved Aesculapian Snake Walking Stick

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.

Gila Monster Desert Cane

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.

Wildlife Wetlands Walking Stick (SOLD)

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!

*SOLD* Commissioned work
Red Winged Black Bird
White Tailed Dragonfly
Western Red Sided Garter Snake

Watch The Video of the Creation of this One of a Kind Walking Stick!

Wood Carved Birds and Berry 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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Carving the Details of Chickadee Walking Stick #89

I just keep working my way upward on this Chickadee and Blackberry Bramble walking stick.  It is ending up being much more detailed than I realized it would be when I first started.  I seem to have a habit of making my job harder and harder with each new project.

1 dad carve spring small


2 depth cuts small

My next step is to establish the diameter of the hand grip.  As shown in one of my previous posts, the hand-grip will be Blackberry vine twisting around the stick’s shaft.   I’m using my Arbortech Mini Grinder to make depth cuts.

3 Thinning the shaft small

After chipping away the wooden rings that I made with the mini grinder, I  use this angle grinder to smooth the surface.  I’ve left the  shaft thicker below the hand-grip area because I still have more designing to do.  But in the end I will use the same technique to reduce the rest of the walking stick’s diameter.

4 hand grip small

It took me quite a while to realize that this particular winding pattern was only possible for me to do by carving three vines instead of only one.

6 carving flowers 2 small

I started refining the shapes from the base of the design and am working my toward the  top,  saving the Chickadee birds for the last.

7 carving flowers 3 small

In order to carve the beaded texture in the flower centers, I used a diamond bur to carve a nice, little concave shape into a stone bur.  

This technique works well for small eyes and It will also work nicely for shaping the individual sections of the blackberries.

8 leaf details small

Here I am detailing the serrated edge of the leaf using an inverted cone bur.

I use this type of bur a lot.  It’s especially helpful for undermining the subjects and removing unwanted wood from negative spaces in tight places.

9 dewalt in the woods small

I’m hoping to spend a lot of time out in the country this year, and with this portable power station. I’ll be able to take my work with me.

11 carving in the woods small

The power station is able to power my micro motor and hand piece as well as my mini grinder.  I will be testing it’s limits this summer.

Thanks again for stopping by!  I’ll stick with it and keep on carving!  Hope to share my progress with you next week!  For those of you who are carvers or know someone who would like to carve, I’ve included some associate links to some of the tools I’ve mentioned here.  To see other tools that I use or recommend you can visit my amazon  associate store where I also earn fees on qualifying purchases.