Assorted pictures taken during the carving process before the dark stain and gloss finish were applied.
This figure of the Goddess was inspired by a small clay Goddess figure found at a neolithic Archeological dig. It is believed to be the oldest representation of the Goddess that has been found. after completing the cane I discovered that turning the Goddess upside down makes it look like a skull. No disrespect was intended for any Goddesses who might be reading this blog.
Way back ‘rond ’69 when I was attending San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton California a few of us got together and made bronze Thor’s Hammers using the lost wax casting method. They looked much like the one I carved into my First Styx. I wore it on a leather thong around my neck for years. If I really looked I might still be able to find it hidden somewhere in one of my boxes of treasures from my youth.
This eight pointed Star of Ishtar started out as a representation of the points of a compass. The point on the left (as seen from the viewers perspective) kept breaking causing me to carve the whole figure deeper and deeper into the wood. It finally took on the present look which I consider to be more like the traditional eight pointed Star of Ishtar than to the compass points I started with.