The ‘Rusticks’ of Jane de Beer

The village we live in (Napier, Western Cape, South Africa) has some interesting surprises even people from the village itself don’t know about.

The walking sticks or our backdoor neighbour Jane de Beer are a good example. She named it ‘Rusticks’.

She explains: “When  a seemingly useless, dead branch of a felled alien tree or shrub is handcrafted into a useful object of a different beauty, it  truly denotes innovation! That is what your pictures so splendidly portray. A creative opportunity presented itself when my observant eye spotted heaps of felled, alien pine, bluegum, myrtle and mimosa trees while walking in the open Renosterveld region”.

The dreary sight of discarded, dead wood sparked a creative flame which resulted in a radical transformation:  Novel, rustic walking sticks! These rusticks are uniquely one of a kind. Each stick is carefully sourced and sawn into an interesting shape, then debarked and scraped to expose the wood. The procedure requires enthusiasm, dedication and patience to lay bare the beauty of the wood which is finally sanded down, smooth to the touch. The sticks are repeatedly oiled to feed and protect the dry wood. It is finally fitted with a ferrule and loop. An object of surprising beauty is now ready to become any owner’s  joy forever!

“Apart from the artistic delight the crafting of the rusticks brings, my driving passion behind it all was simply to avail any enthusiastic walker the pleasure and satisfaction of walking in the veld, on the beach, or around town, owning a lifelong walking companion: A rustick of  style and character, unique in appearance, useful and with renewed value!”


Author: Herman van Bon Photography

" I like to explore the possibilities and limits of digital art, I just let it flow to see where it can go, sometimes the end result appears quickly, sometimes the creative process takes months and other times  the creation dies in its own beauty". 

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