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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:51 pm 
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During my vacation at the girlfriend's family farm I could practice a lot of skills and be in the woods for a lot of time.

One of the things I really enjoyed was making my new walking stick.

After listening to some advices from the local people, I decided to use wood from a tree called pitanga(brazilian cherry), because the wood was straight and resilient.

Then I cut the desired piece with the Gerber folding saw.

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Time to cut off the secondary stuff and cut it to desired lenght. Still the Gerber.

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Then I begun peeling off the bark, a surprisingly easy task, since it was thin and loose. For this I used the utility knife a friend knifemaker gave me.

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Did this all the way...

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I left it laying around for about 30 hours to dry. The moisture inside went to the outer part, making it look kind of red. I gently rasped it with a spot in the back of my machete, wich I had previously filed to act as a planer. It worked perfectly and the stick was even smoother then before.

Back at home I aplied two coats of linseed oil with cotton balls, 24 hours apart. The end result was this.

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The stick resulted in a charming piece of equipment, fully functional and old school.

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After testing it the stick proved very confortable to carry around, and helped me in the muddy and rocky parts of the trail. From now on it's on the list of things to go with me to the woods.

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Well, hope you guys liked. I know I did. 8)

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Nice job sir. Now make me one with a bayonet lug for zombie spearing. :lol:

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Nice job sir. Now make me one with a bayonet lug for zombie spearing. :lol:


Make that two?

Seriously though, nice job. This was a project I started into last summer when I was up at an ex's cottage. Then we ended up leaving in a rush because the dog got sick and I ended up leaving the wood outside :( I guess there's always this season to make one.

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I love making walking sticks. I don't put any finish on them, though, because I continue to carve them as time goes on. I used my Victorinox's saw to cut the branch, then did all subsequent carving with my Mora.

For my current one, I've added a couple of grooves at different heights. The idea is that these can act as attachment points for cordage to hold up a tarp for shelter. I've got two grooves at the moment, and I'm planning to add a couple more at different heights so that I can vary the height of the shelter I put up.

I also rounded out the top, which turned out to be a lot harder than I figured it would. Many, many, many tiny cuts later, and it's actually quite rounded.

Anyway, great stick.


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Nice job, I too make walking sticks.

Just for information, beware of checkering... I do not know your wood as I am from the Northwest, but as the wood dries, it may start splitting from the top or bottom :shock: ... usually one needs to allow the wood to dry for several weeks prior to finishing. My personal favorite is spar varnish, three coats... you might want to add a foot to your stick, so it won't get damaged, there are websites to get points for solid ground, finding you among the rocks, you might want to stop at your hardware store and pick up a rubber foot, that is used on table legs...which are cheaper that stopping by your medical supply store and picking up a cane or crutch foot...

Happy hiking! :wink:

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Very nice. I have to admit I don't get out enough lately with work and such to enjoy walking. I get to go to the gym a few days a week but lets face it, I would like pretty funny with one in the gym :lol:

Gratz on such a nice stick

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Squeek, I forgot to mention but the wood was in my bedroom for a month after returning from the farm before I applied the oil.

I tought about the rubber tips too, but could'nt wait to try the stick in the woods. :D

Anyway nice to know you liked.

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Great post, thanks for the step-by-step.

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Nice stick, Andre. 8)

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Looks Solid, I second the point about getting a tip though. It protects the stick and makes it last longer.

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Excellent stuff! I hope it sees many years of service!

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I love making walking sticks, one of my favorite things to do when in the bush. Looks great!

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Very nice! Now I think I'm going to have to have one.

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That's a nice looking stick, I like the wood too. Cherry wood of all kinds is a pretty wood. Good work Joe.

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Good job. I have been picking them up and making them all my life. I now have a large brass can in my garage where I store a few of them. I like to take one and tell stories about where it has been. Some have some very good stories.

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Very nice.
I don't make them as I usually just find me one along the trail and use it while out tromping around in the woods.

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Out of curiosity, does anyone have a list of what wood makes a decent walking stick and doesn't get too brittle after drying?

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Cadillac wrote:
Out of curiosity, does anyone have a list of what wood makes a decent walking stick and doesn't get too brittle after drying?

Sweet gum makes a good lightweight but strong walking stick. I have a 25-year-old dogwood staff that is like iron. Cherry is a really good wood for sticks, too. And as The Man With No Name said, "There's nothing like a nice piece of hickory."


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Out of curiosity, does anyone have a list of what wood makes a decent walking stick and doesn't get too brittle after drying?

Sweet gum makes a good lightweight but strong walking stick. I have a 25-year-old dogwood staff that is like iron. Cherry is a really good wood for sticks, too. And as The Man With No Name said, "There's nothing like a nice piece of hickory."


I've had some Hazel walking sticks that's lasted well. Ash and Oak Saplings too.

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How about Birch? I've been throwing around the idea of a birch one, but sometimes I think it feels too fragile.

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That is pretty sweet, congrats!

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I want to get some walking stick for my Cub Scouts. Not the oak closet poles they sell in the Scout Shop but something light weight and practical. I've noticed several groves of invasive bamboo in the neighborhood.

I don't have a machete, any idea how to cut it quickly?

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Bamboo would need a Foot on it, you can saw bamboo pretty easily, and you could cut through it with a knife with enough elbow grease.

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Now get to carving! By next summer you'll have an heirloom.

Some soaked rawhide for a grip and a coat of poly, a crutch tip and Bob's your uncle!

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