Carve a driftwood talisman
All sorts of natural treasures can be found drifting down the river. Carve this talisman out of drift wood and decorate with apyrographyp en to carry the river with you wherever you go.
Search out a piece of driftwood or buy a piece from a craft shop, then enjoy the meditative process of carving and sanding your talisman smooth. When burning on to your design, remember that simplicity is best.
You will need:
A sharp carving knife or penknife
A pyrography pen
A piece of driftwood or green (fresh) wood
1. Draw a rough pencil outline for your talisman.
2. To hold your knife, tilt the top edge toward you and place your thumb along the blunt back of the blade. Keep your remaining fingers out of the way by wrapping them around the handle, and begin to carve away from your body, shaving off small pieces of wood until you've formed a round shape.
3. When you are happy with your shape, you can either leave any natural bumps, or use sandpaper to smooth down the whole piece.
4. Draw your river design onto the talisman and, following the instructions for your pyrography pen, burn your design into the wood. If you go wrong, simply sand down the surface and try again.
To protect your wood, try oiling it using a clean rag and walnut, olive or linseed oil.