Spotlight on a Craftsman – Michael Crocker

michael-crockerMichael Crocker lives in Loudon, New Hampshire. Hand shaping and carving one-of-a-kind walking sticks has been his craft for more than twenty years. He is a New England native who acquired his love for nature and woodworking from his grandfather, a Maine hunting and fishing guide and well known fly rod maker.

Michael is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, a member of the New England Woodcarvers and the Affiliated Wood Carvers, Ltd. Michael plans to compete at the upcoming International Woodcarvers Congress which will be held in Iowa this summer.

Michael’s creations start by shaping and sanding a hardwood blank. Using a variety of tools including carving knives and small gouges, he begins the creative process of meticulously carving the piece. A careful and gradual refining of the design is accomplished with smaller and more precise tools. The piece then undergoes several grades of finish sanding until the surface is flawless. A stain or protective finish may be added depending on the particular needs of the wood. To complete the process, a metal tip and rubber boot are firmly installed and the stick is ready for sale or competition. The result is an exquisitely crafted heirloom piece that can be enjoyed for years and handed down for generations.

Always inspired by the natural beauty of the incredible hardwoods he obtains, Michael strives to blend and highlight the very best of each hardwood’s attributes. The luminous tones, figured patterns and rich colors are beautifully enhanced to form elegant and intriguing walking sticks that are a statement of the artist’s craft and life.

Michael Crocker won Best In Show Overall at the New England Woodcarver’s Spirit of Wood Show and Competition in October 2016. The winning piece was a Wenge Octopus cane.