The Great Gatsby's CaneA Literature wood carving project to turn a stick into jay gatsby's cane BY: Julie Norman
Book Summary The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, who was once Gatsby's neighbor, and he tells the story sometime after 1922, when the incidents that fill the book take place. As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman. https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/g/the-great-gatsby/book-summary
I used pine wood because it is soft enough to carve, but strong enough to use for a walking stick. I removed the sap in advance to the sap wouldn't make a big mess.
Carving Day One
I smoothed out the bark to give it a better feel in your hand. I also started to carve the flower design. This design represents Jay's love for Daisy. Tomorrow I hope I can start to remove the bark at the end and start rounding it out.
Carving Day Two
To make the light bulb that is going on top fit better I cut off the jagged part that was originally on top. This will make the light bulb be even on all sides. Then, I started to remove the bark and rounded some part of the top to start the light bulb.
Carving Day Three
Today I continued to form the rounded bulb shape on the wood by cutting a straight line all around at the bottom of the bulb. Then, I cut from the middle of the light and went to the line to make a curve. After I did this all around, it will started becoming round.
Carving Day Four
Today I continued to round out the edges of the top of the stick. Finally, I finished and the light bulb was round. This light bulb represents Gatsby's curiosity. In the story, Gatsby goes out to the dock and sees a green light and always wanted to know what it was. It is also said to represent reaching your dreams because in chapter 9 he described it as a dream being so close, but you cant reach it.
Carving Day 5
Today I carved the finishing touches on the light bulb and sanded it smooth. Now I plan to paint it green after I finish carving the rest of the designs to represent the one described in the story.
After I had sanded it smooth, I started carving the designs. I started by carving the daisy below the light bulb. Then, below the handle and bark I carved the stem to the flower with leaves on it.
The next day, I carved his name in the handle and the owl eyes in the bark. The owl eyes are a symbol of wisdom and great sight. There was also an "owl eyed man" that showed up at Gatsbys funeral and was first mentioned at a party with Gatsby
After I finished carving the designs, I could start painting them. I painted the light bulb green because that is how it is portrayed in the book. Today, I also painted the flower the same colors daisy's would be found in nature.
On the last day of work, I colored the owls eyes and painted the stem in leaves to make them more visible. Lastly, I covered it in a clear coat to keep the wood from rotting and keep that paint from chipping.