My husband and I had obtained some neat looking sticks that we wanted to make into walking sticks. We both do a little leather work and decided to enhance the sticks with some of our work. He braided the area where you would grip the stick, which gave a little softer handle. I had made some feathers before and decided to use those on the stick.
At the end of the instructable, I will show some different examples of how to embellish the feathers.
I will be giving some alternative tools that can be used in place of traditional leather tools. Do your work on a firm surface.
If clarification is needed, please ask.
Tool and material list:
Paper and pattern
Piece of 3/4 ounce carving leather (The large feather needs a piece about 3 inches by 12 inches. The smaller feather needs a piece about 2 1/2 by 7 inches)
Stylis or ball point pen
Swivel knife or paring knife (not too sharp as you only want to cut about 1/2 the depth of the leather)
Beveler or small spoon with smooth and fairly thin side
Mallet and marble block ( only if using beveler)
Dremal with sand paper wheel
Craft paints Burnt Umber and sand or some other off white paint
Spray finish, clear either matte or satin