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Been working on and off for the last two weeks getting two more diamond willow walking sticks finished. The one with the most diamonds is for the missus. I will sell the other one. Still need to cut it down some for her. The top should be shoulder height.
Also need to put on a rubber tip at the bottom and drill a hole for a lanyard.

I harvested these up in the Yukon in 2015. They were scrapped of back shortly after cutting then dried for a year. After that spent a couple hours each cleaning out the diamonds with a wood carving tool and a Dremel with a small burr. Then an hour of sanding and 3 coats of clear and 3 coats of wax.
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:06 PM
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Been working on and off for the last two weeks getting two more diamond willow walking sticks finished. The one with the most diamonds is for the missus. I will sell the other one. Still need to cut it down some for her. The top should be shoulder height.
Also need to put on a rubber tip at the bottom and drill a hole for a lanyard.

I harvested these up in the Yukon in 2015. They were scrapped of back shortly after cutting then dried for a year. After that spent a couple hours each cleaning out the diamonds with a wood carving tool and a Dremel with a small burr. Then an hour of sanding and 3 coats of clear and 3 coats of wax.
They look real nice, Chris. Lot of work goes into that stick.
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They look real nice, Chris. Lot of work goes into that stick.
Thanks Gerry. I am getting faster at it as I do more of them.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:54 PM
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I saw a truck full of those sticks somewhere!
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:13 PM
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I saw a truck full of those sticks somewhere!
Still a truck full -2. Hope to get a dozen more done this year.
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Nice work, Chris!!
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I could have used one of those late last year with the flooding. Parting the seas sorta.
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I was into making walking sticks a few years back. I don't know if willow is a hard wood or not. But if it is you can try getting it as smooth as you can, then wetsanding it with denatured alchohol. Using finer and finer paper. then rub it with linseed oil. It makes a real nice smooth finish
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I put back many sticks (willow) a few years back. They are in the rafters under the lean to attached to my wood shop. Never got back to them, but someday. On the other hand, yours look fantastic. A walking stick is one of those things that once you have one, you depend on it for so many things. Nice job. Will you seal it?
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