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Hand painted and signed by the artist Helen Elizabeth this one of a kind thumbstick depicts a roman soldier and lion against the back drop of a coliseum and castle.
Artwork takes up = approx 28cm of shank and has been protected with marine varnish.
Shank diameter = approx 3cm from the top and tappers to the bottom.
Total length of stick from the top of the horn to end ferrule = approx 144cm
Total length of the stick from thumb rest/U in the horn to end = approx 137cm
All sticks are lovingly handcrafted made from natural materials, constructed using traditional stick making methods.
These sticks are very tactile as well as stunning and different to look at. The handles are lovely to hold. You can feel the contours of the wood on the shaft and part of the painting technique means the painted and varnished surface is not always totally smooth giving it more life and interest.
Each stick is hand painted, the shaft framing this unique piece of original art work signed by the artist Helen Elizabeth.
This stick is made from hazel wood.
All wood has been seasoned for at least 1 year before being straightened to make a strong sturdy shank.
Naturally shed red deer antler is used to make a beautiful tactile handle or thumb rest. Tipped and finished off with black buffalo horn or cow horn which has been hand worked and polished to a high gloss.
And finally to finish, marine varnish is used to add lustre and further protection to the naturally durable materials.
A metal ferrule - has been fitted to this thumb stick.
The idea for the topic of the painting came from a friend who was researching the history of the Romans in Britain. It was an unusual subject to paint on a thumb stick but it was interesting doing the research in preparation for painting.
I hope who ever decides to give this stick a loving home enjoys it as much as I did painting it. This would make an idea gift or a keepsake. Great as a unique piece of artwork in your home or to be used as a thumb stick.
What is a staghorn thumbstick?
Stag or deer horn has been used to make stick handles for years. The naturally shed horn is cut, shaped and added to a wooden shank to make as study thumb stick.
Whether you want a unique piece of artwork to decorate your home; looking great propped up in a hall or in a lovely stick stand. A talking point when friends come round or a thumb stick with a difference. This stick may be the one for you.
We aim to ship your completed order out within 2 weeks.
Please note: As these sticks are made from natural materials each stick and handle will vary and are not totally smooth or straight. Full payment is required before any order is shipped. We are not responsible for taxes due/payable where items are shipped abroad, these must be paid by the buyer. Shipping prices will be available on request. To help preserve the artwork I recommend you do not leave this stick out in the rain or in direct sunlight or submerge in water.