This image © ArtmakersWorlds 2013

Tall red grape hand carved hand painted walking stick

This Item Has Been Sold

Accepted Payments
  • Paypal
  • Money Order


Details

This is a tall staff style hiking stick. Hand carved, and hand painted. One of a kind and a work of art. Some people collect walking sticks just as art and this would certainly be a show piece. It is signed, as are all my sticks. For some reason I neglected to take a close up but it's there. In the lower part of the sheath. Not real obvious, which is how I sign them all. But it is there.
So yes, it's a work of art however, I made it to be used. It's very strong, comfortable to hold, and nice to walk with. (I test all my sticks on several hikes myself. This one certainly passes my test.)

Red grapes have been carved in relief against a hand carved faux drift wood texture. The sheath, seems to be a style I repeat often, sort of a faux leather thing and it has been sanded very smooth and given extra layers of paint and clear coat sealer. It's very smooth and very comfortable to hike with.

The stick is about 56 inches tall. (See the second photo, shot next to a yard stick.) And it's nice and fat and yet surprisingly light.

I rarely know what kind of wood I'm carving. I generally find wood in the local woods of Michigan. But judging from how fibrous this one was, and what a royal pain it was to carve, especially round shapes into fibrous wood, only once before I carved a piece that I knew the wood to be sycamore. (See the African staff also in my shop. That one was sycamore.)
For that other stick I got the wood from a friend who showed me the tree it came from. But this one is found. I'm only guessing the wood type because it was just as nasty to carve as that other.
(Note to self, do NOT carve sycamore again!!!!)

Back to this stick. That driftwood pattern is faux. Meaning each little line of grain was carved with a round cutting bit on my dremel. Then those grooves are painted with a wash of acrylic paint. I let the dark wash settle into the grooves and when dry, I lightly sand. Then I paint the whole thing with a wash of lighter color. And repeat.
It takes several layers of paint to do this but the end result really comes out sweet.

note; some of my photos are a bit over exposed. The shots of the lower part, below the sheath is more true to the actual color. It's a bluish gray, not white. I was shooting for a weathered drift wood the grapes are growing around. Sort of like an old fence post.

The paints used are not chap craft paints. I use artist grade acrylics. Same kind of paint I use on canvas. Then the whole staff is clear coated to help protect the paint.

There is a rubber foot at the base, (yes removable.)

To see more photos and read more about the process, I have all the sticks ever made on my own website here.

http://www.artmakersworlds.com/walkingstick.shtml



Finally,
SHIPPING; (PLEASE READ.)

My shipping cost is a total guess and is probably too high.
I WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE through pay pal as soon as it's in route.

Most likely this will have to go priority and
I WILL INSURE IT!

I base that on a quote by my PO for one of the longest sticks I made yet and to the furthest place within the United States. Your actual shipping charge will probably be less.
If it's actually higher, I'll just pay that myself. Doubt it will be.
Of course your welcome to contact me first with a zip code and let me get an actual quote. Most people don't want to wait so I have to put something here.
Please serious inquires only.

INTERNATIONAL customers.

YES I will actually ship this anywhere.
However there is no way I can get even a good guess on rates to every other possible destination.
So if your outside the continental USA, you will have to contact me first. Sorry about that, but it's just impossible to list "everywhere else" and not end up either ripping you off or me!

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

This was actually a request by someone who liked a shorter stick that can be seen on my site. Originally she wanted two staffs. These take forever to do and I only make a few a year when weather permits. (I do all my carving outside.) Well I finished this one, she liked it, we emailed back and forth, then nothing. I gave up. Later she said she hasn't forgotten. It's been many months and I gave up. So I'm just going to list this here.

Don't know if I'll make another grape staff or not. Carving grapes is not the easiest and actually my native american staffs sell better. But who knows. I carve what ever the stick seems to ask for.

Materials Used

wood, probably sycamore, acrylic paint, clear gloss, rubber foot

Product Attributes

Color: Blue

Shipping

United States
First Item: $30.00
Additional Items: $30.00

Policies

"Bulk orders."

I've been asked often enough what is a bulk order that I decided to spell it out here.

Ten or more canes qualifies as a bulk order and will get you ten more canes free! DOUBLE UP!
To take advantage of this you MUST contact me first.
Give me your list of choices, let me make sure I have enough on hand. Then I'll set up your custom listing at the discounted price.

Another way is with custom requests. I have been asked on occasion to come up with a specific design, then that customer wants the entire batch. (On average, I make about 2' of cane, but that all depends on the design. Could be more could be less.) The price in that case will depend on the complexity of design and quantity and will be quoted in person. But it will be a good discount over the regular per piece price. Your saving me time to cut, wrap and individually pack so I'm happy to pass that savings along.




Shipping;

I generally ship the next day, sometimes the same day as payment is received.

I do not ship on weekends. Also... I live in Michigan where we get snow. LOTS of snow. In winter months I may not be able to get out as fast or as often as I like. But I will let you know via email if there is a delay.

For packages within the USA my rates seem to work out perfectly.
If shipping is higher than what I charged, it's because you bought a lot. I'm delighted and will cover the extra cost to ship.

International shipping is a good guess. Usually what I have is too high. And if it is, I will round up to the nearest dollar and refund via pay pal. (So if you are sending a money order, contact me FIRST. I'll adjust the rate accordingly.)



I ship using USPS and will get delivery confirmation on every package. If something doesn't arrive, or for what ever reason your not happy, please contact me. I'll do everything possible to make things right.


Payment methods;
I prefer pay pal.
I have removed Amazon as a payment option. If you absolutely have to use that contact me.
I do not yet take pro pay. Might in the future, we'll see.

If you really want to keep amazon, or want pro pay please contact me and let me know.

Sorry but I can no longer take personal checks. Money orders are ok, postal ones are preferred. And allow extra time as I can't ship until payment arrives.

NOTE; re mailing money orders;

I will take US POSTAL money orders only!
If you need to send any other form of money order please contact me first. I may make an acception.

Returns and Refunds
So far I've never had anyone ask to return something. However, I want my customers happy. (I want my customers coming back.) If for any reason your not satisfied please contact me. I don't bite. And the only way to make things better is when someone complains.
I pack and store my canes better than when I started out all because of a complaint. If no one says anything I'd never know there was a problem.
I'll do what ever I can on a case by case basis. Just let me know if there is any problem.

Similar items

What people are saying about this product…

Commenting is closed for this product. For questions/comments please contact the seller.