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Old 03-02-2017, 09:09 PM
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Made this with my sons in the boy scouts in 85. It has a few miles on it.
Nice color contrast.
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Old 03-03-2017, 12:53 AM
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Those look mighty nice...a lot of effort and care invested in them.

On the longer walking sticks, I didn't see if you mentioned it or not, do you do any kind of wrapping on the top end?.. Like a grip tape or leather?

I have always wanted a nice stick, it used to be I would just pick something up off the trail I was on, toss it when we got back to the truck..

A couple of years ago we were going to Donner to hike around a bit and she has a good stick but I was lacking one. A quick stop at the hardware store and ten bucks for a one inch hardwood rake handle and I am set. I put some grippy tape and a leather loop on top and good to go.

No style points but it sure works..

When we get out on the water in the kayaks I take it with. It's good for poking into rocks and stuff but the main reason I take it is to help me get out of the yak after sitting too long. I use that and my aluminum boat spike, one in each hand to lift myself out and then it takes a couple of minutes to actually stand up...It's good to have a stout stick to lean on.. (and a fairly strong wife that can help me stand up)
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Old 03-03-2017, 08:19 AM
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It looks like you folks are more interested in "walking sticks" for going to the opera or a formal dinner than an actual usable one for hiking the mountains :-)
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I like to use "ironwood" (American hornbeam - AKA blue-beech, ironwood, and musclewood). Similar to these:
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I use white ash for canes.White ash saplings often have a natural curve when they sprout.A fellow who makes walking sticks here uses sugar maple saplings.Boiled linseed oil is the only finish I use on tool handles.Other finishes on axe handles will give you blisters.
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I use white ash for canes.White ash saplings often have a natural curve when they sprout.A fellow who makes walking sticks here uses sugar maple saplings.Boiled linseed oil is the only finish I use on tool handles.Other finishes on axe handles will give you blisters.
I did one with boiled linseed oil and it did not have the sheen I was looking for. This year I am going to experiment with some stains.
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