Sutton, 73, and a lifelong resident of Cartersville, has walking sticks whittled out of wood, wrought in silver, and carved from ivory.
One has a top that can be unscrewed and doubles as flask. Another contains a sword.
Some of the walking sticks, or canes – call them what you will; he has no preference – Sutton fashioned himself. Others he picked up at yard sales or flea markets.
According to 'The Powhatan Today,' Sutton began his collection about 25 years ago, when a man whose home he was working on – Sutton once ran a painting business – gave him his first cane.
Though Sutton says the appearance of a cane isn't nearly as important as whether or not it "feels good in your hand," the visual impact of his collection is striking.
Themes include African art, sailors, dragons, Jesus, Santa Claus, snakes, the US Presidents, and villages in Germany. (Many of Sutton's canes are adorned with bits of German memorabilia. His wife is from Germany and he was stationed there with the 82nd Airborne Division in the early 60's.)