|Snowy Owl walking stick|
Ooohh I love how this one turned out. I found several really nice photos of snowy owls on line. The orange eyes and black edged white feathers are so striking, I had to try my hand at painting one.
This staff is the first one I made with an entirely covered leather hand hold. I carved it smooth as I always do, painted it black and started doing some research into how to sew a leather grip on and have it look nice.
Now the beadwork on the other hand..... WOW I sure forgot how time consuming that is! I have the deepest respect for bead workers out there. Two thin bands, (both my own design) and yet it took almost as long to make those as it did to carve and paint the whole stick.
I kept the design as minimalist as possible. I want the focus to be the owl on top. He is perched on a very dark brown branch that winds around the staff only about half way down where it is covered in white snow.
The beadwork is black and white and I found orange beads that perfectly match the eyes on my owl.
Tall straight style. Very light and strong.
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