Hiking / Story Sticks

Mike's hiking/story sticks are the centerpieces of art that abound in Scatcat Art Studio. Through the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi membership process, four juries over a period of nine years agreed that Mike's hiking/story sticks met Guild standards and awarded Mike "Fellow of the Guild" status in the carving category. Mike's hiking/story sticks are much more than a sanded and varnished tree branch. Completion of a stick involves typical preparations for carving raw wood...removing unwanted wood, sanding, sizing, etc. Preparing the wood is determined by the design he has created for the completed piece. These functional hiking sticks are also works of art depicting a "story"...the "story" determined by but not limited to: a poem Mike has written, song lyrics, inspiration from another poem or phrase, etc.