How Do You Carve Wood Spirits In A Hiking Stick?
Carving wood spirits into a hiking stick is a hobby that incorporates Native American art. The American Indians believed that wood spirits’ mix of human features and elements of nature combined to protect them from dangers in the woods. Carved wood spirits can have flowing hair that turns into vines or leaves, or becomes part of the tree bark. The features are often highly exaggerated, with large noses, deep-set eyes and bushy eyebrows. Sketch out a wood spirit on paper. Determine the elements of nature you want to include as well as the human attributes you wish to give to your particular wood spirit. Decide whether you want the character to be smiling and happy or menacing. Choose from large eyes, nose or mouth and determine how you will be incorporating the blend of nature with the human features; for example, a beard could turn into tree bark or autumn leaves. Choose a suitable stick. The wood surface should be large enough to create a face upon. Look for a mostly straight piece of