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The Toucan Tree is finally outlined, so I’ll allow myself a Yay! Now it’s time to do the leaves. The first three leaves I did the same as the tree, using 6 strand variegated. Nope, doesn’t work, so those will be ripped out and redone. What will work is doing the leaves in tiny chain stitch, using 3 strand variegated.
A piece of bark from my Hawthorne stick, acrylic on canvas, 3.5″ by 2.5″. A remembrance of dancing with the wind, reaching for water, and basking in sunlight.
My Hawthorn stick is done, and I’ve used it the last couple of trips into town, where it has performed admirably. I have never been able to adjust to using a cane, and now I know why – the height and grip are completely wrong for me, make me lean too much, and in general, just makes everything worse. My stick, on the other hand, is perfect. It allows me to stand straight, while still placing a good deal of weight on it, and the grip is easy and natural for me. My stick is 46.5 inches tall (and I am 66 inches tall), Rick’s maple staff is 60 inches tall. The first 11 shots are of my stick (which I think I’m going to have to name at some point), the last 5 are of Rick’s maple staff, which is still being worked on – had its first coat of tung oil last night. The pics are all quite large, probably take a few clicks to see them full size.
I should also add that my Hawthorn stick is astonishingly light, while at the same time very, very strong. It’s actually lighter than my cane.
My new internets machine has a noisily dying cooling fan, so it needs to be shut down until I can get it serviced, which won’t be until next week. Everyone have fun, and do something at least a bit wicked for me. ;)
All sanded, now Rick is applying Tung oil. I’m so excited! I’ll be able to use my hawthorn stick when I go back to hospital on Friday.
I have one of those ‘all-in-one’ computers now, so there’s no lid to conveniently close. I need a cover for it, to block light at night, and who better than Iktomi, in spider form. Working off of Urban Thread’s Gothic Gala Spiderweb. When done, I’ll line it with black fabric, then use velcro to affix it to Hekate (the ‘puter).
And still pretty much useless. Dilaudid is grand, valium much less so. I’ll be back in on the 21st for more poking, prodding, MRIing and all that. I’m hoping to stave off surgery once again, but my chances of doing that aren’t looking so good. :insert whiny grumbles about spine here:
In other news, Rick has been learning all about making sticks. Walking sticks. He’s started the first one, from Hawthorne, which is soaking in the large tube of pvc.