COW STICK, how to make one. Part 1. Funny this subject came along now. "Refurbished and/or re-purposed tool" Yesterday we cut down yet another "Cow Stick/Tree" This purposed tool came down at 22lbs and about 8 feet long. Way too long and too much weight to carry daily but about right to start with. And it is now losing weight as we type, first I slowly remove the bark, one piece at a time with a knife, chip by chip. No scraping or other tools need apply at this stage because they would cause more damage than its worth. As time progresses, as the stick dries out, I will smooth and shape the staff. The purpose of this staff is a resource to improve muscle mass and general over all balance and strength. Consider that if I get this down to a working weight of 16lbs, and carry it daily as I walk out side or work with the cattle then comes time to carry a rifle of 10 lbs then I will be on easy street. Not to mention it is one heck of a snake stick with the Anaconda sized fork on one end! My current Cow Stick weighs in at 4.5 lbs and seems light, so up a notch on the Stick Scale for me. Progress from the start on yesterday, plus a Carpenter ant nest find the day before that. The start. The selected part of the trunk is down and in a few days BLO will be placed on the stump. Trimming the cut piece to lighten the load back to the house Bark Removal one chip at a time. More Bark gone. Sun drying for a while and then a soak. New and old Cow Sticks. Bark Be Gone Pitting in the base wood when bark is removed. New stick soaking in the Cow Tank While looking over storm damage we found a Carpenter Ant Nest. More trimming.