carved sticks, staffs, weohs, stapols and leac seax

most recent first

the pieces of wood used for the carvings mostly come from places which have significant meanings for me



Larger-than-life raptor skull walking staff. Handle carved from lime, with carnelian eyes, copper and brass 'adornments'; twisted wood shaft bought in Shropshire and painted; copper ferrule added.



Aelfward and wyrm walking staff. Carved on the western limen of the Especially Sacred Grove
in north Leicestershire from lime growing alongside the henge bank at Avebury with amethyst,
'found' metal leaves, beads and synthetic terracotta.


four 'pilgrim staffs' carved from yew growing in the churchyard at Avebury
photographed by the porch of Avebury church
this church was once an important place of pilgrimage and is dedicated to St James, the patron saint of pilgrims



left: three modra (mothers)
carved from ash; the staff held by the right hand modor is carved from yew growing in the churchyard at Avebury

right: a modor (mother)
carved from yew growing in the churchyard at Avebury


ceremonial knife or leac seax with wyrm handle carved from yew growing in the churchyard at Avebury; garnet eyes.
hand-forged tool steel blade by Phoenix.


'fairy wands' carved shortly before summer solstice 2015 from yew growing in the churchyard at Avebury
see Brown Nest Blue Egg for details of how to buy



two staffs made from yew
the left-hand one has a pine finial and clear glass 'marbles'
the right-hand one has a stylised goat finial made from synthetic jet



left: staff inspired by Anglo-Saxon stylised horse head decoration
carved from larch

right: staff inspired by Anglo-Saxon decoration of a man's head and a wyrm
carved from sycamore and fire-blackened, with jasper and tiger's eye



left: ceremonial knife or leac seax inspired by a carving at Braunston in Rutland
carved from ash and fire-blackened, with garnets and synthetic terracotta

centre: staff inspired by a carving at Braunston in Rutland
carved from elder growing immediately outside the north-west sector of the Neolithic henge at Avebury.
fire-blackened, with garnets and synthetic terracotta

right: clap sticks or kleppen carved from ash



left: walking stick
carved from larch

right: staff carved from larch
fire-blackened with clear glass 'marbles' and spherical glass finial
when the staff is struck on the ground a sequence of coloured lights appear in the glass finial



ceremonial staff inspired by the twelfth century font in Avebury church

the human figure is St Afa, who may have given her name to Avebury
if so, Afa would have been the founding saint of the early 'minster' church here in the eighth or ninth centuries
the tip of her right hand index finger is touching the tip of the thumb – a Byzantine gesture of blessing, also known in Tibetan Buddhism as lhasey zhon-nu

carved from ash with yew for the 'staff on a staff'; synthetic ivory face and hands;
garnet eyes for the dragons; amethysts set in the wheel cross on the 'staff on a staff';
synthetic terracotta tongues/flames in mouths of the dragons; fire-blackened raven

the final photograph shows the carving with the font inside Avebury church



ceremonial staff
carved from sycamore; various brass and gemstone adornments
photographed with one of the stones of the south circle at Avebury – note the resemblence of this stone to a cow's head



walking stick
carved from lime wood; also copper 'oak leaf'; brass and sarsen pendant; raptor feather; cotton cord.



leac staeff (walking stick)
carved from ash, fire-blackened; red ochre paint; various gemstones and brass fittings.


gos stapol – swan-goose with 'soul'
beech and iroko wood, with fire-blackening, gold paint and wax polish.



Frey and Freya
carved from ash; Frey is fire-blackened; both are painted and have eyes made from plastic buttons



two swan-man staffs
carved from ash and fire-blackened with beads and various metal accessories; the larger one has glass marbles in the shaft.



two staffs with moon-gazing hares (inspired by Uffington White Horse)
both carved from larch; both partially fire-blackened and partially painted; the blue and gold one has a quartz crystal 'moon' while the blue and silver one has an oyster shell 'moon'



aelf-ward staff
carved from elder; fire-blackened tip; painted and stained shaft; various small beads; cotton cord.


dragon staff
carved from contorted hazel; expanded metal wings; crystal eyes (with white LEDs inside the head to light them up); silver tinsel; gold cord.


'hobby horse' staff
carved from wild cherry, stained and painted; carnelian eyes, metal pins and bells, red cord and ribbon