This is a walking stick inspired by the shepherd´s crook from the village of Rio de Onor on the border between Portugal and Spain. The shepherd’s stick had marks on it that functioned as a map of the village where carved signs and notations were made regarding economics and administration issues.
The shape of the stick presented here is a topological representation of a walk through Istanbul from one Han to another. The golden horn is represented as a carved ring and the Fatih side with a simplified medusa head as a reference to the Basilica Cistern. The Han, a cluster of workshops, represent a social community and can also be a site where to find water and essential provisions. In a post apocalyptic world we might need means of communication and navigation that are durable, simple and possibly coded.
Ana Barata Martins
Woodturning by Master Ismael