Mar 042013

Elk Relief Profile on Walking Stick

Elk Walking Stick

Elk carved on a walking stick

Recently a co-worker of mine asked if I could carve a elk relief on a walking stick that he collected during an elk hunting trip in Colorado.  I haven’t ever done much with relief carving elk, especially on a round surface of a walking stick.  I did a couple of practice pieces with a knife and gouges, but wasn’t happy with the results.  This particular piece is not a complete walking stick, but a small piece of cedar.  I tried making a stop cut outline with my carving knife and then used a Dremel roto-tool to lower the area surrounding the elk.  It is still a work in progress, but I it is starting to take shape.

Along with working on this project, I also have been working on a pattern for this coming years Christmas Ornament Exchange.  I know, I know, it’s only March, but when inspiration hits you, you have to take time to pursue it. :)  I will keep my idea a secret for now, but I am happy with the results so far.


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