My cousin had her wedding at the Kenwood Christian Church in 1989. I remembered banners hanging around the sanctuary. Each banner had the name of one of the twelve apostles, plus a symbol representing that apostle. That was the idea I used for my first Bible Stick.
On this stick, I listed the twelve apostles, plus I carved some type of symbol under each name. Listed below are the names of the twelve apostles and the symbols used.
Philip: a chain
Thomas: two hands, one pointing to the nail print
Bartholomew: a crown
Matthew: a scroll with a quill
James the Less: saws
Simon: a sword and a scroll
Judas: a bag of coins
The stick took about three months to carve. A wood-burning tool was used to darken the different areas. It took me about three months to carve. I finished in the summer of 1989.