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Old 02-20-2017, 09:32 AM
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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?
Thanks. I usually use 3 coats of water based polyurethane. These two I used a clear plastic type finish. Going to make a few walking canes too. Just have to decide what type of handle I will use for the top. Leaning towards solid brass and deer antler.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:03 AM
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have you tried steam bending?

would willow hold a bend?
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:13 AM
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Thanks. I usually use 3 coats of water based polyurethane. These two I used a clear plastic type finish. Going to make a few walking canes too. Just have to decide what type of handle I will use for the top. Leaning towards solid brass and deer antler.
If in doubt, hame knobs off of an old horse harness are my go to handles. I am sure you have seen these, but just in the off chance you haven't, here are some solid brass cane heads.

http://www.rockler.com/solid-cast-br...ads-cane-heads
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Down here in NM we just cut one from a Yucca and scrape it a bit. :-)
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Old 02-20-2017, 05:45 PM
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have you tried steam bending?

would willow hold a bend?
I like the natural bends in the diamond willow. I think it gives them great character. I have seam bent other woods to obtain a certain curve, but never tried diamond willow. Diamond willow is not the typical willow you see around creeks and rivers. The diamonds are caused by a fungus that kills the small twig and branch growth. Typically found in Canada and Alaska. There are some the the northeast US but not the quantity and quality you find up north.
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Old 02-20-2017, 05:49 PM
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If in doubt, hame knobs off of an old horse harness are my go to handles. I am sure you have seen these, but just in the off chance you haven't, here are some solid brass cane heads.

http://www.rockler.com/solid-cast-br...ads-cane-heads
I have seen those and I can make them myself except for the eagle head which I will probably buy. Around here the horse harness stuff goes for more than the commercial stuff.
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Thought I would give some progress pics so you all could see the progression. The first pics are doing the rough dremel cleaning out of the diamonds. I use ball and cone shaped burrs for the roughing work. Takes about an hour to do all the dremel work on this stick.

The next pics are after using the random orbit sander at 60 grit to remove and the sap wood. About an hour for this step too. After this it takes 1/2 hour to hand sand the outer portion and inside of the diamonds with 220 grit.

Just before the finish I hand sand again with 400 grit for about 15 minutes. This one will get water based polyurethane, 3 coats. Not sure yet if I will cut it down for a cane or leave it as a walking stick.
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More pics. This should give everyone an idea of the process.
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Those look really good.

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Old 03-02-2017, 08:40 PM
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Made this with my sons in the boy scouts in 85. It has a few miles on it.
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