Fin Buddies are ambassadors of good will!
They are made with a purpose: to spread kindness and consideration for people and nature.
I’ve created and passed on each of these items in the spirit of good will. I hope that those that receive them, whether existing friends or strangers, carry on that good will by being considerate of other people and the environment.
The idea here is to make the world a better place, pay it forward, and promote kindness. Because in the end, only kindness matters!
There are two ways to get a Fin Buddy. One is to find one wherever they are just hanging around waiting to be found. That may be a popular hiking trail, a road-side attraction, or just about anywhere. The other way is to ask for one. I won’t take money for an item unless I specifically say so ahead of time.
What do you do if you find a Fin Buddy?
KEEP IT and enjoy it and promote respect and kindness
OR… pass it on with kindness and good will.
These little fellas were inspired by my grandfather’s collection of flat-plane trolls he found on his travels in Scandinavia in the 1950’s. I am just learning to carve and following the instructions of a carver on YouTube named “Doug Linker”. He is an amazing teacher and seems to be a great person! I also have a few books and magazines as a reference.
Each character is hand-carved and hand-painted and individually numbered. The number represents the order in which it was completed. Each one is in the registry below and may have a blog post about it. I’ll also be adding more character designs as I improve.
Other Finley Gold Pages
- Technology blog posts
- Blog posts about Art
- Blog posts concerning Life Experiences
- All three of the above in one place
- Look for one of our walking sticks on finstik.com.
Fin Buddy Registry
|Registry #||Date Placed||Pic||Name||Location|
|1||9/1/2018||Billy Hill||Finley Gold prototype|
|2||9/5/2018||Bubba Bear||Finley Gold prototype|
|3||9/25/2018||Billy Hill unpainted||Private Client, Maryland|
|4||9/25/2018||Bubba Bear unpainted||Private Client, Maryland|
|5||10/13/2018||Troy the Troll. With an actual Finstik||Finley Gold prototype|
|8||4/27/2019||Billy Hill||Hiding at Fayette Station, Ft Wayne, Indiana!|
|18||5/6/2019||Woody Wizard||Trail under Grandfather Mtn Swinging bridge|
|6||5/6/2019||Sims the Duck||Blue Ridge Parkway Green Knob Trail near Sims Pond|
|37||5/7/2019||Gramps||Appalachian Trial at Roan Mtn between Carver's Gap and Round Bald|
|31||5/15/2019||Fisherman Billy Hill||Croatan Natl. Forest, Cedar Point Rec. Area, NC|
|17||5/3/2019||Smiley Bubba Top||Table Rock trail, Linville Gorge, NC|
|40||6/12/2019||Bubba Bruin||Central Wharf Co, Boston, MA|
|14||6/14/2019||Papa Jake||By the docks in Portland, Maine|
|34||6/16/2019||Smiley Bubba Bear||Esplanade Park, Quebec City, Canada|
|23||6/17/2019||French Billy Hill||Montmorency Falls, Quebec, Canada|
|39||6/17/2019||Walking Bear||Terrasse Dufferin, Quebec City, Canada|
|41||August 2019||Gramps||Church Garden in New Bern, NC|
|31||9/1/2019||Bubba Bear||Orchard at Altamont, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC|
|13||9/4/2019||Bubba Bear||North Hills, Raleigh, NC|
|29||9/4/2019||Sid the not a minion||North Hills, Raleigh, NC|
|54||9/4/2019||Ollie Owl||North Hills, Raleigh, NC|
|15||9/7/2019||Wuf Wulf||Private client, Durham, NC|
|43||9/7/2019||Bubba Black Bear||Private client, Durham, NC|
|10||9/26/2019||Willy Wizard||Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC|
|30||9/26/2019||Paul Punkin||Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC|
|35||9/26/2019||Purple Willy Wizard||Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC|
|27||9/27/2019||Bubba Top||Community Park, Valle Crucis, NC|
|12||Ready||No R Egret|
|16||Ready||Pink Top Billy Hill|
|21||Ready||Santa Billy Hill|
|24||Ready||Green Willy Wizard|
|25||Ready||Bubba Black Bear|
|28||Ready||Green Willy Wizard|
|38||Ready||Wadup the Bear|
|44||Ready||Purple Willy Wizard|
|50||Ready||Blue Willy Wizard|
|52||Ready||Yellow Willy Wizard|
|53||Ready||Bubba Black Bear|
|56||Ready||Bobby Ray Shipley|