Got the Great Dane topper finished and it went to Buffalo NY yesterday with my daughter - this is a Christmas Present from our daughters friend to her brother-in-law. (commissioned).
This topper did create problems as the dog that is a portrait of was a show dog and had cemented ears.
(stuck straight up permantly), as you can appreciate, if carved from parent wood (Liime) and was dropped or knocked the ears would certainly break off. Decided to carve ears independantly from Buffalo Horn and tennon/bond in. This created the second problem as my daughter wanted to walk on with the stick Checked with airline -ok, but looking at the ears this could be classed as a weapon - 2 sharp pointy things on a shaft ! Did some thinking and decided that rather than run the risk of confiscation at airport security to make the topper a screw in one and have another topper for travelling. Had a Spaniel topper unpainted so just had to finish it
This gave me my interchangeable headed stick