Posted on Jan 29, 2018
Snakes are incredibly bizarre-looking creatures, and many people are scared and terrified of them. There are a lot of videos online of people casually playing with dangerous snakes as if they were their pets, which leaves some people in wonder and in shock.
Mike Stinnett from Oregon recently became quite popular online when people found out the truth about his pet 'snake.' There are photos of him holding a snake that will totally trick you into believing that it's a real snake when in reality, it's something quite extraordinary.
Original Walking Stick
The very moment Mike Stinnett discovered he would not be able to walk without a walking stick, he chose to invent one that he will be recognized for, instead of using an extraordinary one. The designs that he has come up with are so amazing and extraordinary that they will definitely astonish you!
Nature as an Inspiration
As Mike resides in a remote part of Oregon, which boasts of beautiful vegetation. He uses his environment and nature as an inspiration for his works. It's somehow impossible for such a wonderful scenery not to stir your creativity and imagination.
Stinnett makes his sticks out of wood pieces that the majority of people would not immediately find quite useful. However, his work is here to prove them wrong.
No, your eyes are not fooling you: the sticks that Stinnett designs and uses look exactly like a snake!
The artist invests a lot of his time and effort to prepare, sand and carve every part of the stick so that the final product could look rather intricate. The final design and patterns are simply brilliant.
In order to perfectly carve and design every single detail and pattern on a stick, Stinnett uses a borer and wood stain. He wants every single snake scale to be visible and emphasized. He strives to make the stick look as realistic as he possibly can.
As Stinnett's work progresses, the stick gradually becomes more and more genuine. The shape that he chooses has curves which give away the appearance as if the snake was slithering up the stick.
It takes an incredible amount of time for Stinnett to complete only one stick, as he pays attention to every single and minute detail. Normally, his work improved over time - his initial works were great, but the new and current ones are mind-blowing.
The Finished Product
After the stick has been designed and carved, Stinnett completes his work by putting a thick layer of shellac on the stick. The purpose of shellac is not only to give the stick a glossy look but also to prevent splinters from getting into someone's hand.
Mastering His Skill
As wood carving was Stinnett's lifelong passion, he eventually managed to master it - his skills and work will certainly amaze some of the most gifted and successful carvers. His works and final products are simply brilliant!
Frighteningly Realistic, Right?
As you may see, the final product and its details are so realistic that you expect the snake to get off the cane and return to the forest.
Though Stinnett's first designs were great, they weren't as impressive and stunning as the current ones. In the beginning, he did not include the shellacked stick, but only the shape and pattern of the snake.
Awe-Inspiring Walking Canes
Everyone who stumbles upon Stinnett's walking sticks is simply impressed and astonished by their realistic and genuine looks. To be precise, the sticks are so authentic that one may think they are being given a real snake.