I've written a bit about the fallen oaks that have traumatized my heart. I know intellectually that their falling literally makes way for new growth, but it is hard to let go of those who stand greatly around us.
So, I decided to honor one of the oaks by making a walking stick from its limb.
Making walking sticks are a resourceful and useful project, which many ages can participate in (as you will see below). I do believe that since we were children we have connection to sticks. There seems to be no greater toy. So, whether we need support while hiking, or a means to dismantle webs while, or just want to hold a great tree in your hand, find a stick and make it your own.
Below is Part One of preparing my walking stick. I want to give the wood some more time to dry before woodburning and finishing it.
First we hiked to where the tree, with two trunks had fallen.
Then, I chose a limb, which Pat cut down and trimmed with a chainsaw.
Back at home, I cleaned off the bark using a carving knife.
All cleaned up! I am letting it dry before sanding and woodburning it.
I enjoy the faces and marks that you discover by stirpping the bark.
Yesterday, Abe deided to make one for Pen. He chose a honeysuckle limb, and Pen made a friendship bracelet for it.
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.