I straightened the stick with my new hot air gun and new found stick making skills and did the carving but that's it. I handed it over to be cut to size, polished and a brass ferrule added; which is new to me, I wouldn't hand over a part finished carving to just anyone, usually I finish the pieces I do. I am however more than confident in the care and attention that will be applied in finishing the fellow off. I will post a photo of the stick possibly with the owner using it once I can get one from the mother in law!
He looks as though he is preparing for a serious hike and will easily guide the walker safe back home again.
I saw this quote on another posting of a fellow carver on a carving site and relate to it so much I had to reproduce it here. It confirms in my mind that the wood decides the end carving not the carver.......
"I know and can see clearly exactly what, I want to carve. But on the long journey from my head through my arms, So much is lost before it gets to my fingers and tools"