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.
- Let me know (on Facebook) and I'll put the location in the registry below.
- Make up a fun story about the little character.
- Tell the story and share fin-bud.com!
- Look for one of our walking sticks as described on finstik.com.
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 has a blog post about it. If you have one listed in the registry and want me to update it, let me know. I'll also be adding more character designs as I improve.
Contact Finley Gold
Please post or private message me in Facebook to tell me your Fin Buddy story. I'd like to know how you found him and his story. Not sure how to start? Here is a suggestion: "My name is Billy Hill and I love to be kind to people and nature. One day I woke up in the woods at ?????. Before I got there, my life was ?????. After I was found, I ??????.
Fin Buddy Registry
|Registry #||Date Placed||Pic||Name||Start Location||Final Location|
|1||9/1/2018||Billy Hill||Finley Gold prototype||Finley Gold|
|2||9/5/2018||Bubba Bear||Finley Gold prototype||Finley Gold|
|3||9/25/2018||Billy Hill unpainted||Private Client, Maryland||Maryland|
|4||9/25/2018||Bubba Bear unpainted||Private Client, Maryland||Maryland|
|5||10/13/2018||Troy the Troll. With an actual Finstik||Finley Gold prototype||Finley Gold|
|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||???|
|12||Ready||No R Egret|
|16||Ready||Pink Top Billy Hill|
|17||Ready||Smiley Bubba Top|
|21||Ready||Santa Billy Hill|
|23||Ready||Goatee Billy Hill|
|24||Ready||Green Willy Wizard|
|25||Ready||Bubba Black Bear|
|28||Ready||Green Willy Wizard|
|29||Ready||Sid the not a minion|
|35||Ready||Purple Willy Wizard|
|38||Ready||Wadup the Bear|