I saw a publication of an illustration of the Ten Commandments, and decided that would be a good stick to carve. I found a spray paint that looks like stone. So the top of the stick looks like a stone pillar with ivy growing. The title is carved into the pillar. I then used Roman numerals to separate the commandments, each one painted like stone.
1st Commandment – Have no other gods – picture a little boy bowing down before the cross
2nd Commandment – Have no Idols – little boy bowing before an idol
3rd Commandment – Don’t Misuse God’s Name – little boy covering his mouth as if he had just said something he should not have said
4th Commandment – Remember the Sabbath – little boy walking to church
5th Commandment – Honor your Parents – little boy mowing his parents’ lawn
6th Commandment – Do Not Kill – little boy holding a smoking gun
7th Commandment – Don’t Commit Adultery – little boy contemplating two hearts that are interlocked
8th Commandment – Do Not Steal – little boy wearing a mask is walking out of a bank with a bag of money
9th Commandment – Do Not Lie – little boy standing in front of a broken window with shoulders shrugged
10th Commandment – Do Not Covet – little boy standing in front of a sports car that he wants
The Ten Commandment can be found in Exodus 20. This stick took me about a year to carve. I finished it in the fall of 1990.