Third RSCDS Spring Ball Staff

February 20, 2011

The RSCDS Sacramento Branch’s 2011 Spring Ball will be on Saturday May 21, 2011. For this staff I started with this oak branch that was given to me by the grounds keeper where I work.

Since the branch (oak) was already the length I wanted, I covered the exposed ends with silicone sealer to keep them from cracking during the year it has been drying. Today I debarked and sanded the staff to be.


Third RSCDS Spring Ball Staff

February 20, 2011

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.

Secound RSCDS Ball Staff

February 20, 2011

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.

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May 19, 2008

Three pictues of the Dance Styx. The third picture is also used as the banner for this blog. I carved this hiking staff as a raffle prize at the branch’s 2008 Spring Ball and Workshop. On the ribbon that spirals around the staff in I carved information about the ball (RSCDS Sacramento Branch ‘Spirits of the Dance’ Ball and Workshop). Between the spirals of ribbon I carved Pillings diagrams for eleven Scottish Country Dances. The date for the ball carved into the staff is March 29, 2008. The date of the Ball and Workshop was moved to March 8, 2008 after the staff was finished. After considering several different methods to ‘correct’ the date on the staff, I decided to leave the incorrect date after all, it was the correct date when I carved it, and trying to change it would only have messed up the staff.


May 16, 2008

If you think you might like to try some Scottish Country Dancing, check out the Sacramento Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society’s blog Dance Scottish Sacramento, or their web site here.

Some of our dancers getting ready for a demonstration dance at the Scottish Highland Games in Woodland California May, 2008.