Indianan, with family ties to Kentucky, Neil Cobb came to carving & sculpting to satisfy his natural need to create things. He has been making walking sticks for about 15 years. As his children have gotten older, he has become more devoted to exploring this creative side.
When he first began making snake/sticks he would use any type of wood that he found interesting. But, that has changed since he discovered a stash of Tobacco sticks in an abandoned barn in Onton, Kentucky. His wife’s family has farmed in this part of Kentucky since the early 1800’s, and the sticks are homage to the honest values and the hard working people of Western Kentucky.
The major element is his found sticks, and how he carves, patterns and textures them. He uses a lot of natural materials, such as rose thorns for teeth, and parts of pine cones to decorate his sculptures. Wood burning tools and torches add a burnished quality to the sticks, he has also made parts out of clay.
Neil feels he is at once leading and being lead. In his words, “The progression of my work has been interesting. I can not wait to see what the future will bring.”
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