Friday, December 7, 2012

Doreen Stratton's "Griot" Walking Sticks

"Griot Walking Stick #6"
"Griot Walking Stick #6" (detail)
Master Gardener and artist Doreen Stratton creates one-of-a-kind works of art she calls "Griot Walking Sticks." "Griot "is an African word that means “story teller."

Doreen generously donated her latest creation, "Griot Walking Stick #6," to the Garden Giveaway Raffle at the Bucks County Master Gardeners' Annual Meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Griot Walking Stick #6 was crafted from a 50-year old oak tree which came down during Hurricane Sandy.

"I've begun collecting 'walking sticks in the raw' that I eventually turn into a piece of art. My previous walking sticks have painted images of Native American and African Andinkra symbols on them. Number Six just seemed to call out for minimal features," said Doreen.

Doreen included this description along with her donated creation:  "A Master Gardener may cherish this walking stick while attending educational functions. Or have it handy as a Master Gardener Speaker educating the public on subjects dear and near to their heart. When not out walking or learning, it should find a comfortable corner at home.  Enjoy!  Griot Walking Sticks are like people: none are alike."