2010 marked our thirtieth birthday as an RSCDS Branch. This staff was created more to highlight the grain of the wood than to display carving. I chose to use a wood burner to add the ball information. One of my sisters won this staff and gave it back to me.
Following the rave reviews my DanceStyx (see photo in blog header) received at the RSCDS (Royal Scottish Dance Society) Sacramento Branch 2008 Spring Ball and Workshop I did the TravelerStyx for our 2009 Spring Ball and Workshop. Since this ball was held at the third different location in three years, it was called the “Traveler’s Ball”. The short staff is made from a ‘twisted’ oak ( a tree that has grown with a vine wrapped around it). I carved the ball information and ‘hobo’ symbols between the twists.
I outlined the letters using a small chip carving knife.
I defined the frame using the same chip carving knife
I removed the excess wood then smoothed the background using progressively shallower gouges. After sanding I will stain the wood then finish with Tung oil.
The first picture is of the entire ‘staff’. I put staff in single quotes since this piece is far too big to be used as a hiking staff. It will be a display piece only. It is about six feet tall and weighs 14 pounds. It was harvested in Kentucky and is an oak sapling that grew with a vine wrapped around it. I have debarked the portions between the twists. I plan to carve it into mother and daughter dragons chasing down the staff.
Looking at the first picture you can see the top two thirds of the staff contains what will be the mother dragon and the bottom third will be the daughter dragon.