Fin Buddies

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?

  1. KEEP IT and enjoy it and promote respect and kindness
    OR... pass it on with kindness and good will.
  2. Let me know (on Facebook) and I'll put the location in the registry below.
  3. Make up a fun story about the little character.
  4. Tell the story and share!
  5. Look for one of our walking sticks as described on

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 ??????.

Have fun!

Fin Buddy Registry

Registry #Date PlacedPicNameStart LocationFinal Location
19/1/2018Billy HillFinley Gold prototypeFinley Gold
29/5/2018Bubba BearFinley Gold prototypeFinley Gold
39/25/2018Billy Hill unpaintedPrivate Client, MarylandMaryland
49/25/2018Bubba Bear unpaintedPrivate Client, MarylandMaryland
510/13/2018Troy the Troll. With an actual FinstikFinley Gold prototypeFinley Gold
Billy Hill
Billy HillHiding at Fayette Station, Ft Wayne, Indiana!???
185/6/2019Woody WizardTrail under Grandfather Mtn Swinging bridge ???
65/6/2019Sims the DuckBlue Ridge Parkway Green Knob Trail near Sims Pond???
375/7/2019GrampsAppalachian Trial at Roan Mtn between Carver's Gap and Round Bald???
315/15/2019Fisherman Billy HillCroatan Natl. Forest Cedar Point Rec. Area???
7ReadyBig Dan
9ReadyBubba Top
10ReadyWilly Wizard
11ReadyBilly Hill
12ReadyNo R Egret
13ReadyBubba Bear
14ReadyPapa Jake
15ReadyWuf Wulf
16ReadyPink Top Billy Hill
17ReadySmiley Bubba Top
21ReadySanta Billy Hill
22ReadyPaul Punkin
23ReadyGoatee Billy Hill
24ReadyGreen Willy Wizard
25ReadyBubba Black Bear
27ReadyBubba Top
28ReadyGreen Willy Wizard
29ReadySid the not a minion
30ReadyPaul Punkin
32ReadyBlue Grover
33ReadyTall Jake
34ReadyBubba Bear
35ReadyPurple Willy Wizard
36ReadySmooth Jake
38ReadyWadup the Bear