Thank you Az.
The Holly came from a disuesd Local Authority Nursery, it was a sucker that appeared to have no foliage as far as I could see (the main tree, yes tree, is about 40 foot high). I had been looking for a nice piece of holly and pass by the nursery every day (its a 5 minute walk from my house), and was compelled to stop the car one day, went for a nosey round and there it was one of about 10 suckers off the main tree roots. I offered thanks after surveying it, then cut it neatly so as not to allow rot to get to the root stock, and started to pull the remainder down out of the canopy, at 15 foot, oops there were leaves, but alas I had made the cut.
What you call the fork is a crown of 5 branches, which just so happens to be the exact same size as my palm, so I cut the upper part of these branches leaving myself enough to work on. Unfortunately trees dont grow how you would like them too, so what is the thumb is more the diameter of my little finger and vice versa, its my left hand btw.
The Crystal is a rough amethyst, but is not fixed in as I had charged the staff at Stonehenge, but was not allowed to take it up to the stones, so I didnt get chance to discharge it there, and it didnt like the crystal I bought for it a week later, its quite happy to have cuddles the bear (hiding behind the axe) sit in its hand though.
The inlay is chromed craft wire, and the Celtic Knot is made of Pewter, put on temporarilly for the solstice in the position I wanted it, with Araldite, and now is permanently in the same place coz I cant get it off!!
The wood itself is treated like this
1) Extra virgin Olive Oil for a hint of green into the wood
2) Beeswax about 4 applications and finally
3) Boiled Linseed Oil
Further care is a regular coat of beeswax - I use a soft one made for waterproofing Leather (and lubricating the zip on my diving Drysuit)
I'll post up when the details are on the gallery, I dont want to be using too much of someone elses bandwidth, so I'll just put a link through to them.
Now what to do with the 8 foot oak (it was 9 foot but cit a piece to make a new handle for the sword in the pic, cheap almost balsa type on it, needed heavier for better balance), dont worry that was definately a dead sapling, full of Honey Fungus beneath bark too, should give some wonderful graining, which reminds me theres some nice fungal graining on the Holly, I'll put that up too.
I have also got a Beech Staff, and that is made for the purpose that Beech Staffs are used - combat. Also a Smaller Birch one for my 'Teenage Druid Wannabe' daughter, I'm just pointing the way for her, she has to discover the path properly herself.
Ok rambling on an on
ps I sent Alferian pics of it soon after I cut it, before I did the Manicure
Last edited by Robb Hawklord
on 26 Oct 2004, 16:24, edited 1 time in total.
She's the goddess of love
The goddess in green
The goddess of all
That I've ever seen
The goddess of hope
The goddess in brown
The goddess of all
That you've burned to the ground
Maid Of The River - The Levellers