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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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#53977 Because We Need Places To Put Them

Posted by Rodney on 03 September 2017 - 02:11 AM

Cane Stand

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It's still a work in progress.  This is with one coat of oil.  I just put the second coat on tonight.  I'll decide tomorrow if I think it's enough.

My wife and I both like antiques.  She prefers rustic and primitive and I'm a big fan of any of the periods that begins with "Art".  Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

This was inspired by the Arts & Crafts furniture from the turn of the last century.

It's mostly white oak though I think one board might have been red oak.

Most of the oak was salvaged from two different antique table tops that were too far gone to try to restore. One table was an original Arts & Crafts trestle table that I salvaged out of an abandoned building.  I still wish I could have saved it. The other was dumped behind a local cemetary.  That table was still solid wood but much more cheaply constructed. The legs are from a storm damaged tree that came down last winter.

It's all mortise and tenon joinery with a floating bottom board and the back panel is some tongue and groove that I made.  The hardest part was actually turning the antique boards so the worst sides with the rust stains, screw holes and worm holes faced out.  I usually try to hide the flaws but my wife likes them.

Overall I like it and I think it will be a nice way to display my sticks in the living room.




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#40250 Welcome to the forum please read... (updated)

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

With all the spam we’ve been dealing with.
Please note that all new people in the process of joining up will now be receiving a confirmation email in order to proceed further. Check junk mail folders.

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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#65985 Formal Cardigan

Posted by Rodney on 24 March 2018 - 03:26 AM

It seems almost a contradiction.
I finished this one about a week ago.
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The handle is western red maple burl on the front and back with a core of straight grained western red maple under the leather. I did it that way because it's my understanding burl wood can be weak. It also has a small piece of cocobolo for a spacer. The cocobolo is from a piece I've had since the 90s.
I planed the shank to a tapered 8 sided shape at the top. It tapers down to round at the bottom. Even with a freshly sharpened plane I was fighting tearout on it. It came out pretty well but there are a few small spot I didn't quite get smooth. Overall I'm pretty happy with it. The only other thing that went wrong was I didn't get a good straight stitch line on the leather. Even with that it's my best leather wrap yet.
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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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#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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#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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#51330 Dust Control

Posted by CV3 on 07 July 2017 - 03:36 PM

I believe this is a subject worth discussing from time to time.  One of the things new carvers and some of us older ones may not pay enough attention to is dust control. Many woods can be harmful to toxic. As can be bone and antler dust. Safety measures as simple as a dust mask can save you a tip to the doctor or stay in the hospital. 
You can make a very simple, cheap and effective air filter with a 20” box fan, a 20” home air filter and a couple of bungee cords. Just strap filter to the back of the fan set it in front of you. I found a washable filter was best saved money on buying filters.  Google box fan woodworking filters there are many plans and ideas. I sat in front of one for years when sanding or working with my dermal tool or Foredom tool, as well as wearing a mask.
Back when I started carving I was working with a piece of 8”x 8”old growth oak timber that had come out of an old barn. It was a beautiful piece of wood. I was nonchalant about wearing a mask and just did not take the time to put one on. I had work with oak be for and had not had any issues with it. Three days later I was very sick and headed to the hospital. Turn out that the wood had a lot of old chemicals in it from all thoughts years in a barn. It did not bother the skin but the fine dust got in the lungs and real made me sick. So I became a very chausses carver where dust control is concern. Reaction to different woods is different for many people. You can check on a number of wood data sites for information on toxicity of the woods you may be working with. But as a rule all wood dust is not made for our lungs.  And it’s just not that hard to protect our selves.

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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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#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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#65545 shanks

Posted by cobalt on 20 March 2018 - 02:41 PM

A few pic,s of shanks cut by a few  stickmakers 


hazel coppice 

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crab apple shanks 




fresh cut blackthorn 

terrible stuff to cut rips your clothes to shreds and you skin 




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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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#48985 New stick carving book.

Posted by CV3 on 11 June 2017 - 04:11 PM

Hand Carving Your Own Walking Stick: An Art Form Paperback – May 2, 2017
by David Stehly (Author)


It looks like a good book I will have it Tus. I will let you know.

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#46338 dragon stick

Posted by cobalt on 24 April 2017 - 11:45 PM

stick made by Male Spour

just think it was worth showing

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#44938 Lanyards

Posted by MJC4 on 08 April 2017 - 05:57 AM

 I may have posted this already but as there are several new folks since I did I'll repost.  I always finish off  my hiking sticks with a 4 strand paracord lanyard. To me it just dresses up the stick and adds a nice touch, helps keep the stick from hitting the ground if dropped on the trail. I like to use 325 paracord as after it's braided it can be fished through a 3/8" hole that I drill through the stick. (The link is a good video explaining an easy way to 4 strand braid.) Personally I like to use a camo pattern with a solid color, blacks or browns, earthy, woodsy colors as it is a hiking stick, but any colors that trip your trigger will do. Another thing I do is leave the tag ends long and finish them off with wood craft beads. The spirit stick in the photo is done with camo and black.

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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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