Hand Carved Walnut Mattah Hiking Stick

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  • Hand carved walnut mattah hiking stitckWalking stick
    Hand carved cross in walnut stick
    Mexican Lace agate
    Hand worked lane beading

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    Contact me before placing any order. I frequently do not have enough time available to make these things. Some individual components are stocked or easily produced: set stones, leather grip (need stick circumference).

    This mattah (pronounced: mah-TAH), or prayer staff, which also doubles as a walking/hiking stick, is a hand carved walnut piece that I bought on Ebay and then decorated. The genuine agate cabochon is wire wrap-set in sterling silver (later changed to gold). The lane beading is hand worked with glass seed beads. The stone beads are polished semi precious gemstones: snowflake obsidian, amethyst, rose quartz, turquoise, moonstone, garnet, sodalite, tiger eye. All other components are genuine leather. To prevent damage to the finish, none of the decorations are glued to the stick. They are all fully removable.

    I do not sell finished mattahs due to shipping challenges. If you are interested in purchasing the components of the mattah and assembling one yourself, please contact me. You'll need to purchase your stick of choice through Ebay or a hiking stick vendor. (I'm 5'9" and my personal sticks are about 60 inches.) Closet poles also work. (My closet pole is 72 inches.) Decorations are priced by component (see below) plus shipping, for rods having about a 4 inch circumference. Delivery would be 4-5 weeks because everything is hand made after the order is placed, plus I have to run around purchasing certain items. Do keep in mind that this is a labor-intensive project.

    Note regarding stone setting: I reset the stone with gold filled wire because it does not tarnish. The new setting is more skillfully worked (I've gotten real good at this) and thus more secure, as well as much more artistic.

  • Wire wrapped cabs: $25 - $50, depending on stone choice. CABS AVAILABLE HERE
  • Wire wrapped tumble polished stones: $15 - $25, depending on stone choice.
  • Hand beaded seed-bead wrap: $35.
  • Leather braid with gemstone beads: $15.
  • Leather grip with lacing: $15.

  • Beads are glass seed beads--very jewel-like.
  • Stone beads are all semi-precious polished gemstones: garnet, amethyst, aventurine, tiger eye, sodalite, turquoise, moonstone, rose quartz, snowflake obsidian.
  • The gemstone cab will vary subject to availability. Setting will be gold filled wire. Sample is Mexican crazy lace agate.
  • All cords are leather or suede.
  • The hand grip is smooth leather, heavy cowhide.
  • Feathers are optional. I use only legal feathers: wild turkey, guinea fowl, peacock.
  • Prices are for components fitting rods having about a four inch circumference.


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