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#2 Welcome to the site!

Posted by NightKnight on 23 December 2012 - 07:48 AM

Welcome to Walking Stick Forum!  I would like to personally welcome you to this site, and I encourage you to register as a member!
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#123 Black Locust

Posted by CAS14 on 01 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

This is an objective of mine, in part, because the Cherokee bow makers used it, along with Bois D'Arc, and in part because the uplands habitat is similar to that of Bois D'Arc. Both seem to thrive in well drained limey soils, and those are abundant in the Ozark Plateau area, and adjacent areas where limestone rock units are at the surface.

A field trip in search of Black Locust or Bois D'Arc could yield either or both.


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#46554 What carving tools do I start with?

Posted by CV3 on 29 April 2017 - 08:52 PM

When people ask me what tools to buy when they start carving I often say a sharp carving knife and a large box ot Band Aids!
But the full answer I offer is based on my mistakes. Many years ago I rushed into my new love of carving by buying a large set of very good tools. And while I do fined the better the tool is made the better the work you can do with it. I found out fast the good tools do not mean good skills. I have settled in to a carving stile and size of work which I now do mostly with palm tools. Like my mallet tools It took me some time to be confidant and combatant in their use and care. Today I tell people who ask me how to get started to pick what they want to carve, Relief, caricatures, wild life, walking sticks, But just start with one... Then look at what basic tools will get you started. You can carve many things with 5 or 6 tools and a good knife. Look at you tubes ask on this site , Go to some carving shows or visit carving clubs if you have one within driving distance. As you develop your skills to will learn what you need to do your projects. Buy a tool because you need it not because you guess you should have one of those. This helps you to learn what you can or cannot do with what you have. Sadly over the years I have spent a lot of money buying tools I did not need. I just did not take the time to develop my skills with what I had. I am embarrassed by how many years and dollars it took me to learn that basic truth. I do have a large selection of tools. And I do use them all at some time or the other. But I do 90+% of my work with 3 different carving knives and 10 drake palm tool. I said all of that to say start very basic. Learn to use your tools they will teach you what you need.
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#40010 Up date on market stick.

Posted by CV3 on 06 February 2017 - 10:16 PM

I finely got the Birds Eye maple handle fitted to the fitted to the padauk shank.  I had planned to add an ebony collar but I only had a small piece of ebony and it split when I was drilling it.  I have not put a finish on yet.  I just wiped it down with a damp cloth so the bird’s eye would stand out and the contrast in color in the crook and shank stood out. I still have some shaping to do on the handle.  It is a bit thick in some areas.I will use tung oil as a finish. 


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#3871 Carving jig for sticks.

Posted by CV3 on 17 February 2014 - 11:34 PM

This is a jig I saw in a video on carving hiking /walking sticks. That one was part of a work bench. This is portable. It can be mounted to a bench. I have used on my B&D workmate.  It holds the work steady and it is easy to turn the stick to the right, left or around as needed. It is 9" wide and 30" long. It will hole a stick up to 3" inches in diameter. There are a lot of jigs out there. This one is cheap and easy to make. And has worked well for me.

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#15458 Twisted privet hedge cane

Posted by RandyL476 on 11 April 2016 - 12:36 AM

This is another cane I worked on this weekend it is a piece of twisted privet hedge. The wood in privet hedge is white so I spelled off the outer layer of bark and left the inner layer(cambium layer)to give it some color, I used boiled linseed oil then applied a tung oil finish high gloss. It has a map!e ball for a handle.

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#14452 Youtube video number 8

Posted by stickwithdave on 20 February 2016 - 03:57 PM

We have just made video number 8 .We thought it might be useful for stickmakers world wide to see the diferent types of sticks we make in the UK and an explanation of what they are used for, Hope this is of some help,Dave



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#5149 New tool holder

Posted by CV3 on 06 May 2014 - 11:46 PM

Just made a new tool holder for my palm tools and knives.
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#41114 A thought for the day

Posted by CV3 on 17 February 2017 - 07:01 PM


When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then
asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open
areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once
more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced the 2 cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed!

“Now”, said the professor as the laughter subsided,
“I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things like YOUR FAMILY, YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR HEALTH, YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR FAVORITE PASSIONS, _and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full._

The pebbles are the OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER, like your job, your house and your car…
The sand is everything else - the small stuff”.

“If you put the sand into the jar first”, he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay
attention to the things that are critical to your happiness”.

“Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play
another 18 holes of golf. There will always be time to clean the house, fix the disposal or deal with things from your job.
Set your priorities.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the cups of coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked.”


Share this with someone you care about.


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#40250 Welcome to the forum please read...

Posted by Sean on 10 February 2017 - 01:21 AM

Welcome to the Walking Stick Forum. This is a group of walking stick and cane enthusiasts. We welcome all newcomers.

Please be advised that there seem to be quite a number of people joining lately and all they say is something like... "Hi, I am Tom and I am new to the forum." When we see this type of intro with no elaboration on topic and no reply within weeks or months it is considered spam.

When you join please tell us a bit about yourself, your interests, perhaps what you have made/built. This will go a long way in preventing it from being flagged as spam. If you choose to not participate and just want to log in and look that is fine and not a problem.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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#16135 Giving myself away . . .

Posted by norson on 25 May 2016 - 10:02 AM

I've made this appeal here previously and again feel the need to re-emphasize this issue. At age 82 I can honestly say almost nothing brings me more joy than giving away stuff - stuff I no longer want or more importantly things made in my little workshop.


As an aside and an example, I was recently interviewed by a 9th grade English teacher - I told those kids I hope they soon discover the joy of giving themselves away and I meant it. I mentioned I was delighted at age 70 to finally find what I was born to do - volunteer at a hospital (7 years, 1500+ hours) - and I meant that.


But now, it's hand made canes - and other stuff - which I'm going to attempt to show and explain.


During April I made two canes - #100 - my current  house cane and #101 - pool cue...the EASIEST cane ever!


Then, since I offered, one of our grandsons reduced my cane inventory, taking six, as shown.


I'm a patriotic kinda guy - I fly the American flag every day the weather allows, year round. Last June I made the first (of eight) Betsy Ross Revolutionary Flags - and given all but ours away. Here's three completed in April.


And this week I made a bench so our grandson doesn't have to drill any holes in the siding and can display their flag on the front porch.


So let me assure you guys that although I've not been mass-producing hand-made canes, I've kept busy.


And giving stuff away.


Try it!


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#1609 Wood carving............

Posted by Shawn C on 15 July 2013 - 10:32 PM

CAS,  you mentioned carving wood spirit walking staffs; I have carved literally thousands of these within the past 20 years.  Although I have carved several different species for this subject matter, I have found the maple is one of the best and easiest to carve.  The trick is that you must carve it green.  Find yourself a nice straight maple sapling, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Do not let it sit fro more than a couple of days before starting.  If you think it will take you several days to complete, then start immediately after cutting.   Assuming your tools are nice and sharp, you will be pleasantly surprised - the green maple will carve like soap.  After you are done, slather the stick with a 50/50 mixture of mineral spirits and boiled linseed oil.  This will slow drying, and will increase the visual contrast between the bark and the exposed wood.   It will also make the carved details pop.  Maple bark has a sort of ashy grey look to it, but once you add the oil, it will turn dark brown.   Once the oil has absorbed after a few days, apply a sparing coat of either satin poly or satin tung oil for a seal coat.  It is my desire to make sure the final finish is not glossy and plastic looking, but a dull sheen instead.

Do not be concerned about splitting and checking - it will not.  I have never had one in twenty years do this.  Also, once it dries, it will get much lighter and will be rock hard.   I carve these things in about 3 hours with a few half round gouges, a v-tool, and a long thin knife.  Here is a sample (from my website):



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#15945 Attaching medallions

Posted by RandyL476 on 08 May 2016 - 12:08 PM

Attached a medallion I got when I joined the American National Cane Club to one of my walking sticks I had to bend it around the stick to make it fit right and pre drilled the holes for the brass nails this was the best way I could see how to do it, by the way this is my first time putting one on a stick. I got one more don't know whitch stick I'm going to put it on.

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#13070 Sneak Preview - Twisted Fireball

Posted by Rodnogdog on 27 December 2015 - 06:27 PM

I've had a twisted stick in my closet for about 40 years and I decided to do something with it yesterday. My stick hunting dog and I went out yesterday and one of the things I found was a twisted up cedar knot ball. I cut a piece off and made a ball knob for the top of my old twisted stick. The pictures don't do justice to the fantastic colors in this piece of wood. The finish has a long way to go, but you can still see some of the amazing color in this piece.

I will post more / better pictures when it is finished.

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#6044 Learned a new method yesterday.For me anyways.

Posted by rdemler on 01 July 2014 - 04:09 PM

I like to use dead cedar I find close to home for my sticks.It's kind of a pain to peel away the outter bark and leave the thin layer near the white wood for color in my sticks.So yesterday I tried using a vegetable peeler,and it worked great.Only takes away what I want removed and leaves a nice smooth layer of colored inner bark to work with.Just thought I'd throw this out there for others with the same situations.Have a great day!!

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#28737 Stains and colors

Posted by CV3 on 11 October 2016 - 12:13 AM

There are a number of diferent natural stains stains like coffee and/ or tea will work on wood there are a number of YouTube on the verity of natural stains for wood. Food colors and fabric dyes will work also. There is a learning curve to using these products on wood but work well when done right. Here is one guide.
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#15747 Cane Lessons

Posted by norson on 27 April 2016 - 10:01 AM

SOME of us still need cane usage lessons, I guess. But these two young ladies, ages almost 2 and 4, LOVE going to the mailbox with me - PRICELESS!



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#15348 "CAMBIUM"

Posted by norson on 07 April 2016 - 05:06 AM

In spite of being 82  I learned a new word yesterday - now I hope I don't forget it. 8-)


Cambium is that thin layer just under the bark that carries nutrients from the tree roots to the leaves, etc.


And all this time I thought it was - and have been calling it - GRAIN - but I stand corrected. I think the grain is made from the growth ring and those portions of . . . .


. . .  never mind.


I obviously need more sleep.


Anyone care to add or subtract from this boring subject - help yourself.





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#13042 new tools

Posted by CV3 on 26 December 2015 - 07:58 PM

Santa was good to me. I am the proud owner of some new Auriuo Double edged straight chisels. The primary use is for lettering but very handy for many projects.


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#12631 Sweetgum walking cane with a twist

Posted by RandyL476 on 12 December 2015 - 11:08 AM

Made this Sweetgum walking over the Thanksgiving weekend it has a twist at the end I finished it a tung oil finish.

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