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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sculpting a Maquette for Reference

As I continue to work on my Chickadee and Blackberry Bramble walking stick, I realize that it is very difficult to know how to get the size and shape of the birds to match.  Also it is hard for me to imagine, while looking from the outside of the burl, where the subjects will connect and how everything will come together.

So I’ve started the project by sculpting a couple of maquettes from some oven bake, polymer clay.  My added dilemma is that there are bark pockets in the burl that I have to work around.

My design is having to take a little different twist, here and there,including the second bird being turned around and facing outwardly as it looks upward.  This is where the real project will have to conform to the wood material and won’t turn out identical to the concept drawing which I posted earlier.

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Using polymer clay to  sculpt a maquette

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To further help with keeping size relevance I used a caliper.  This allows me have more confidence about getting my size and shapes similar.

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I’ll continue to carefully work myself into this project a little at a time.  Here I am using a micro motor and hand piece with  Saburr Tooth burrs.  These are amazing burrs for removing wood quickly in the rough out stage.

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Saburr Tooth Bur

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I’m adding vines,  leaves, blossoms and berries,  as I go, trying to keep everything connected and supported so it won’t break off easily.

A cluster of Blackberries to the right

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to continue sharing my progress on this walking stick.  You can find some of the tools I use or recommend here:

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Using Power Tools to Carve Wood Walking Sticks

I’m carving a brand new, custom ordered walking stick. It has a couple of Chickadees and some Blackberry Vines.  I’d like to show you how this is coming along and share some of the tools that I used.

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Concept Drawing for a Carved Walking Stick

I started with this naturally shaped Pine Burl and began by removing unwanted parts of it with a DeWalt Reciprocating Saw.  I really like the fact that this is cordless and it will be just the right thing for me to take my work out into the countryside for some beautiful views.

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I’ve saved a selected branch coming off of the burl, to serve as the tail of the bird on the top.  That way the wood grain will be strong and keep the tail from breaking off. The DeWalt Oscillating Multi Tool worked great to make a starting point.

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I continued to carefully remove bits of unwanted material to begin revealing the shape of my top Chickadee.





I also used my Arbortech Mini Grinder to help me do some  shaping.


I use this tool a lot.  It’s a fast way to remove material.  I use it to make depth cuts and to shape.  So, below is a picture of the beginning of my Chickadee and Blackberry Bramble walking stick.  I have a lot of work to do and I hope you’ll come back to see my progress.  If you’re looking for some power carving tools I hope you’ll check out the links to Amazon that I have given.

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