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The Making of "Leroy the Choir Guy" Walking Stick
photos by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

In the basement workshop at his home in Sparta, Michigan, Ted Anderson makes his signature walking sticks. There he was kind enough to show me how me carves faces on each stick, first clearing the bark from the spot he wants to work, then roughs out the eyes, nose and mouth, taking time to shape the beard and mustache. Very quickly I watched a personality emerge as Ted carved. He let me do a little carving, too, but I decided to focuse on recording and photographing and let Ted do his thing. Here are some images of Ted creating.

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