a new walking stick.

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by fish, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. fish

    fish Monkey+

    An essential bit of kit if yer out and about on unsteady ground,dont know if theres much tradition of stick making in the states but its a fairly common thing here still,its one of our oldest common law rights is to cut a stick not thicker than yer thumb.

    Over the Christmas period i managed to lose my stick whilst out and about one evening....but thats another story! so there i am with out a stick and given that i was waiting in all day for a theraband order that didnt arrive i thought ide make my new stick.

    lurking by the fire side was a nice hazel stick i cut back in October from a local hedgerow,not overly straight,but then i dont like ultra straight stix ,for the collar i used a piece of scrap dimondwood from a catty i made and the stick top was an Exmoor deer crown from a 8 point stag i bagged a couple of years back.

    The stick,collar and top were duly drilled with my trusty stanly hand drill,then a section of threaded bar inserted and glued together with epoxy resin.Cup of sweet tea and a bacon butty later and it was good and solid ready for shaping ,and polishing with 0000 wire wool,job done.

    So many times i have set a coin in the crown of the antler,this time i thought ide do some carving,after looking in some books i fancied a go at a Tudor rose,this proved a tall order! so first thing this morn i started carving with the dremmel and an ultra fine routing burr having first drawn it out with a pencil,the job started ok but mid way i was very unhappy,and having spent 3 hours on it was a bit disappointed,time for lunch!

    Once the pheasant pasty was washed down with a pint of cider i set back to the carving,the cider had had the desired effect and things started going better,after a bit of buggerin about i darkened around the rose with wood dye and bobs yer muvvers bruvva!

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    thanks for looking.
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  2. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Love the walking stick...
  3. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    And here I thought it was "Bob's your uncle, mate!"... LOVE the carving, the stick is excellent.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    heheheh. Muvver's bruvver IS yer uncle. Lovin' the translations, got most of it from some Aussies when I was working in Asia.

    How long is the stick? Here abouts, a hiking stick would be on the order of 6 of the King's footsies (for the down hill parts of the trail.) Nice bit with the Dremel, too. Takes more patience than I would have.
  5. Joboo

    Joboo Monkey+

    Very nice work!
  6. fish

    fish Monkey+

    thanks chaps, this stick is 5' .
  7. Equilibrium

    Equilibrium Monkey++

    Oh my God!! That's beautiful.... it's art not a walking stick. Mine pales by comparison.
  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Ah. The helps a lot. The head put me in mind of a cane rather than a stick. I can see some use for the spike.
  9. azurevirus

    azurevirus Monkey++

    Thats one sweet piece of work
  10. fish

    fish Monkey+

    thanks for the encouraging words chaps,a good stick is usefull to infirm ,old and healthy alike,it can fend off an attacker,carry a load,test the depth of a stream,kill game,and with the tine on can pull fruit down to easy reach!
  11. Bison_Forge

    Bison_Forge Aspiring Knifemaker

    Very nice. Your work is, as usual, very good.
  12. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Now you have to do a video of your best Gandalf impersonation. "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" [ROFL]

    Come on. You know you want to.
  13. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Very nice work! I have gotten a couple good sticks, but much more simple. No fancy carving - don't 'need' one yet, but I am looking towards my 'senior years'...... and they ain't that far off.

  14. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Incredible. Thank you for sharing that.
  15. Moose57

    Moose57 Monkey+++

    Very nicely done. [applaud] What did you use for the transition piece between the antler and the stick?

  16. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Wow that is nice... I've collected some hophornbeam and yew for walking sticks and staffs... what an inspiration... although your creativity and craftsmanship is just awesome!
  17. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Very, very nice! [applaud]
  18. UrbanFool

    UrbanFool The Village Idiot

    Wow, that's completely awesome!
  19. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    i need one of these to replace my cane... but then i wonder if the TSA would let me carry it on an aircraft...
  20. Georgia_Boy

    Georgia_Boy Monkey+++

    Beautiful artwork and wonderful craftsmanship. Terrific post.
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