About

003 I’m an Eastern Oregonian that loves the outdoors.  I started drawing and painting very early in my life.  I have recently begun carving wooden walking sticks.

I just thought I’d share what I’ve been up to, lately. I hope to keep updating this with my latest paintings and carvings.  Feel free to contact me with your questions and comments!

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      • i am a very irregular carver of ‘totemic’ walking sticks and staffs. Living in the extreme south west of Australia, dwarfed by the magnificent karri and jarrah trees, I have only carved one snake [on request] preferring my beloved frogs and other Australian critters by choice [using only windfall or reclaimed examples of the unique, local hardwoods]. I went searching for possible markets and makers so that I can pursue this passion more consistently and came across your work [which seems to most strongly resonate with my aims and outcomes. Lovely work my friend. Will try to forward some pics if you are interested….

        regards and best wishes
        Graham Bishop
        Australia

        ps sublime paintings too……

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      • Thank you, Mr. Bishop for your kind comments! It’s great to meet a fellow stick maker! I would really like to see pictures of your work, and would be happy to discuss different techniques in carving and ideas for marketing etc. Please send pictures to: mike.stinnett.art@gmail.com I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you. Mike

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      • Here in Eastern Oregon we have faster growing, softwoods like pine. Some of the harder woods may be able to be carved easier if you carve them while they are still green and then let them cure. Three inches in diameter is all I need to make a good snake wrapped walking stick. You might try your local lumber yard and see if they have clear Cedar or Redwood posts that could be carved into a walking stick. Hope this helps.
        Mike

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  1. Hi Mike, I am also in the far west of Australia, and love your work, and wondered if there is any way to buy one of your carved snake sticks. I know your shop says you only ship to USA addresses, but is it possible to make a private arrangement with you?

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    • Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for your nice comment! I’ll look into the possibilities of shipping to Australia. I understand that Australia has some pretty strict wood import laws. I’ll get back with you as soon as I find out.
      Mike

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  2. Hi wondered if you’d had any info yet about sending wooden snake sticks to Australia. I think it may be a question of me needing to pay to have it fumigated to the satisfaction of the Quarantine Service over here. If I found out what these were, and signed a waiver to pay these costs myself, would it start to be possible?
    I am studying to be a Jungian Analyst, and have been working with snake dreams, and learning about snake symbols, and found your work while researching into these things.I suspect my colleagues would be very interested in your work too.

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    • Hi Jessica! I checked on shipping to Australia. I don’t think there would be a problem with the wood, but there is a length restriction. I believe it is 46 inch maximum. So the walking sticks would be too long as they are 50 inches in length. The canes however, are fine for length. Please let me know if I’m wrong about this or any other restrictions. I really would like to do business in Australia. Please contact me through my etsy shop and we can discuss shipping arrangements and costs, too.
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/StinnettStudio?ref=si_shop
      Thanks!
      Mike

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  3. Hi Mike, life has done one of its complicated u-turns for me: I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of January, had surgery in the middle of January and am lining up for chemotherapy in February. So I have had to put this project on the back burner until I see where my bank account stands after Chemo, ie in about 6months. I am thinking though that if all goes well, I may still be in a position to buy one of your lovely canes then. In the meantime, I wondered if it is possible to buy your miniture deer skull pendant? how much would shipping cost for that to australia?
    Jessica

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    • Hi Jessica! I am sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. I’m hopeful that you will have a speedy recovery! I will be happy to calculate the shipping charge for you. Send me a convo Through Etsy with the name of your town and post code. Thanks a lot for your interest. In the future I will be very happy to send you a cane. If you want a walking stick with the snake wrapped around it I can cut them down to a maximum of 44 inches long. It is kind of a short walking stick, but would probably still work ok if you’re not real tall. Looking forward to hearing from you.
      Thanks again,
      Mike

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  4. Love, love your work and would like to do a article about some of your items for our Woodworking Club’s Newsletter here in Australia. I know everyone would be amazed at your wonderful work. Our Newsletter goes to towns in other states as well. Looking forward to hearing from you. Many thanks. Jan.

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    • Thanks, Greg! I checked out your site and those are some AMAZING flutes that you make! I really like them all. I get my nibs from the Razertip company. I used to make my own, but they do a better job and they are a great company.

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  5. Hi Mike just wanted to say I love your work . I carved my first carving about 6yrs ago it was copperhead out of twisted wood . I haven’t found but a couple more ppl who carve snake sticks with such detail. I contacted one, don’t recall who he was now but I don’t think it was you. When people see my sticks and say they have never seen that type of work I always give them your name and tell them about your work too. If you have time look at my snakes, I use different techniques than you, most of my colors are stains, but some is paint. Some of my best carvings are not uploaded yet but will be in a few days. Keep up the good work you are an inspiration to me. http://www.curraheetwistedsticks.com

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    • Hello, Malcolm! I checked out your site and your carvings really are BEAUTIFUL! It’s great to get acquainted with fellow carvers like you. I’ll be looking forward to seeing all your future creations. Thank you for introducing yourself and sharing your work. I wish you the all the best!

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  6. Hello Mike; I just viewed several of your youtube videos and chuckled when I watched your comparison video – between walking staff #39 and #1. I just completed my first and like you I was pretty darned pleased with it. I expect I’ll improve as I go and want to thank you for sharing your incredible talent and how-to skills. I am wondering about that scale-shaped burner nib and if you can tell me where I can get one (a web search turns up nothing so far). It sure would shave a lot of time off my projects.

    Thank you!
    katherine cudney

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  7. I was mistaken on the snake. I happened to see the video but didn’t catch that it was a copper head snake. #36 is the cane I was talking about and would like to purchase if at all possible.

    Thank you,

    David

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    • Hello, David! Thank you for your interest in my copperhead walking stick! This cane has been sold, but I’m taking custom orders in my shop at: stinnettstudio.etsy.com. If you would like to create a custom order request,I would be happy to discuss what you want there. Thank you!

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  8. Hello Mike, Your work is spectacular. Never saw anything this nice. I am interested in a rattlesnake ready to strike cane. (If I can afford one that is). Please email me with an estimate of cost. Jim

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  9. Hi I think your work is Amazing! Id love to buy a western diamond back rattlesnake cane for my dad. Like your copperhead but the rattle snake. If you would be interested in making one let me know how much ! Thank you

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  10. Hi Mike, this may be an odd request for you. I work in a visitor center on a National Wildlife Refuge in TN. In this center is a diorama of native wildlife in the area which contains a deer mouse. Funny thing is the taxidermy mount of a deer mouse keeps getting attacked by a real mouse and they eat the head off. I kid you not, happened twice! So I am searching for a carver that can do a very realistic wood carving of a deer mouse for our exhibit. Would you be willing to do that without the walking cane attached to it? Your mice look very realistic. If so, how much would you charge for such a carving?

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    • Hi Joan! Sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you. Thank you for the request. I would be happy to discuss the possibilities of this project with you on stinnettsticks.esty.com Please feel free to contact me there! It sounds like a fun project!

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  11. We are having a benefit for my granddaughter on sept 24th for a disease with no cure. Would you be willing to donate a walking stick we could auction off to raise my money for research.Mucopolysaccharidosis III (Sanfilippo Syndrome)

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  13. Boa noite amigo…. primeiramente gostaria de lhe parabenizar, pois suas bengalas são extremamente perfeitas, incrível o seu trabalho, e o modo que é feito….. sou do Sul do Brasil, e estou fazendo algumas bengalas também, iniciando, mas adorando fazer… espero podermos trocas opiniões, por e-mail, ou outro modo.
    Um Abraço…

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  14. Mike, I have followed you and your walking sticks for a few years after meeting a fellow Veteran at the VA with one. I am a 100% permanently and Totally disabled Veteran and have to walk with a cane or walking stick. Im unable to whittle or carve, but would truly like to own one of your walking canes or walking sticks. Is there any way of having one made or purchase one? I apologize, this is the only way to contact you.

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  15. Mr. Stinnett, do you happen to have any snake walking sticks? My Dad lives in Nevada near red rock canyon. He is 85 years old and hikes the canyon three days per week. He is fascinated with rattlesnakes and is at a point in life where he needs a cane to walk/hike with. Do you have any that you can sell without too much wait time? Please contact me if so. I am afraid that there won’t be too many more years for him to enjoy it if I don’t act quickly.

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    • Thank you for your interest in my walking sticks, Kristina! I sure wish I had something available, but everything is sold and I’m currently several years behind on custom orders. I’m still happy to make anything you’d like. If you’ll contact me on stinnettstudio.etsy.com we can discuss the details and wait time.

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  16. Hi Mike I just wanted to know if I am still on your list to buy your canes? my name is George Verdugo I emailed you about 6 months ago?

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  17. Hello Mr. Stinnet,

    I was wondering, how you got to live such a beautiful life. How did you get started, and how do you maintain your way of life with nature?

    Best wishes

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    • Hello, Karandeep!
      I was blessed to be born and raised right here in Eastern Oregon. My family has always spent the weekends in the outdoors for as far back as I can remember. I learned a lot about nature from my parents. My mother was an artist. She taught me from an early age how to draw and how to look at the details of things. So this is the life that I’ve always lived from my childhood. I continue to study every element of God’s creation and marvel at it.

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      • Your art is amazing. One can feel the hard work and soul you have put in. May God bless you and wish you and your family a happy life.

        Best wishes.

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  18. I had an uncle Mike Stinnett b in Texas and he died in my hometown Joplin,MO You are truly blessed with talent and also the opportunity to hunt and fish all you want.

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