Shawn Cipa ~Woodcarver

Custom Walking Sticks

I have carved many custom designed walking staffs and canes with many different themes. Below are some examples of my work. All were carved as commissions, and several were designed specifically as therapeutic aids. Walking sticks are very personal items, especially those that are designed with a particular meaning and need in mind. If you have an idea to share, please feel free to contact me.

 

Terrapin Mandolin Dream

(a Grateful Dead themed walking staff)

Made for therapeutic use.  Top was carved of cherry with a gray-green soapstone insert. Mounted on a maple shaft with a copper ferrule tip.  Outfitted with a hand-dyed rawhide handle grip.  Also inscribed on the shaft is a sample of lyrics from "Truckin":

"Truckin' up to Buffalo, been thinkin', you got to mellow slow, takes time, you pick a place to go, and keep on truckin' on..."

 


Maryland Blue Crab cane

Made for therapeutic use. As more of a formal design, the handle was carved of polychromed poplar attached to a turned walnut shaft with sterling silver collar and ferrule tip.

 


Ruby Slippers

 (a Wizard of Oz themed cane)

Made for therapeutic use, the handle was carved of black walnut and was attached to a carved polychromed shaft of basswood.

  


Bear's Choice

 (another Grateful Dead themed cane)

 Made for therapeutic use, the handle was made of red oak, attached to a carved polychromed basswood shaft.  Pyrography (woodburning) was also implemented.  Also inscribed on the shaft is a sample of lyrics from "Eyes of the World":

 "Wake up to find that you are the eyes of the world..."

       


Borzoi

 A staff designed after the Borzoi breed, otherwise known as the Russian Wolfhound.

 The top was carved of basswood, and was attached to a natural white birch shaft.  The junction was enhanced by sandwiching mahogany and black walnut together.

    

Terrapin Station 

 (yet another Grateful Dead themed stick)

 The top was carved of mahogany, and the shaft of basswood.  Also carved on the shaft is a sample of lyrics from the title cut of "Terrapin Station: album.:

 "Inspiration, move me brightly.  Light the song with sense and color; hold away despair..."

           


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