Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bald Headed Woodspirit Walking Stick

Here's another very popular walking stick that I've been carving pretty regularly for about five years now. This type of woodspirit adds a somewhat much fuller "3-D" face that extends around all sides of the stick top. The top few inches of this sourwood stick were slightly twisted and thus added an additional nice
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look to the woodspirit face.

Carving a more complete face on the top of a walking stick does add an exciting new challenge especially if you're accustomed to the one-sided woodspirit faces. Attempting the the full head will take your carving to the next level so go ahead and give it a try! In doing so I would first suggest that you do a search and study some bald heads and especially look at the rear side where the skull dips back to the inside toward the back and shoulders.

The stick ended up bringing in $44.00 at our annual fundraiser auction in September so the money went to a good cause and I also know that "Baldy" has a new good home for many years to come.


  1. My brother was very adept with his hands so it was great that he was finally able to make a walking stick for me and him. It was tedioius work but he was very patient and very skilfull about it. I admit I'm not very good at making anything, preferring to buy my gear. So, it was very entertaining to see how it's done. It was very easy and the finished product was excellent. For information on how to make a walking stick, see