VIDEO: African-American Walking Stick Carving - David Allen

In this video clip David Allen demonstrates the craft of African-American walking stick carving. Allen's craft grew from a hobby of whittling towards a desire to expand his technique and use elaborate patterns. As he pursued his art, Allen gained recognition within Louisiana and the nation by attending a series of festivals and having his work displayed in a number of exhibits. Within the video Allen describes the creative process he goes through to forge one of his famous walking sticks. He speaks of how he selects the wood to how certain patterns are important and meaningful to him.

Edited from raw footage filmed for Louisiana Alive
Produced and Directed by: Thom Wolf for Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Time: 5:03


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