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Several years ago, WOOD magazine did a project, a "wood turned walking stick". It didn't happen very often but this particular project just spoke to me and I had to make it. That's kind of funny because at the time, if I'm being honest, I couldn't really call myself a wood turner. My lathe was a shopsmith and I turned a spindle if I just had to. Anyway, I ended up making several of those walking sticks for gifts or personal use. I have decided to revisit the project and hit the highlights of it for the May demo for our club. It's a very straight forward thing to make except for the handle. I have a handle on the lathe, have turned it and done some shaping. Still a little more to do but it's coming along. Two things are different this time around. In the article, a compass is let into the handle with a cavity under it for matches, a map, or whatever. Those compasses are no longer available and I haven't been able to find a substitute so I'll just round the top. The other thing that's different is the EWT negative rake insert I now have in my arsenal. They are perfect for shaping the finger slots. Here's a WIP picture. Still some tweaking to do on this one but I'm happy with it to this point. The neat thing about this walking stick is, it's made in four pieces so a person doesn't need a real long bed to do it. One of the best WOOD projects ever IMO. Steve
A friend of mine hurt his leg real bad when he slipped on some ice about six weeks ago. After an operation to repair the damage he has been on crutches and is now allowed to start putting weight on it and walk. I made him a cane to help him along. I'm 6'0" and a 36" cane is good for me so since he is 6"6" I made his 39" and it works well for him. Turning the long part required a steady rest. The length and thinness made it whip in the middle. For the handle I cut a tenon on the end and laminated three pieces of Cherry together for the handle. I looked at examples of handles and drew one to my liking and roughed it out on the band saw. I then took a half inch wood chisel and pared away the wood from the edges and then smoothed them out with sandpaper and applied wipe on poly for a finish. The top of the cane is 1.25" and tapers to .75" on the bottom. I found some cane tips at Walmart and they were made to press fit on a .75" shaft. Here are the finished pictures.
The rack was commissioned by a very good, return customer who is a collector of unusual walking sticks and hiking staffs and an avid turkey hunter. He wanted an unusual rack to display part of his collection of sticks. He gave me the dimensions and asked me to come up with something. Here is what I came up with. The base is a 2 inch thick slab of cedar and the posts and rails are Diamond willow. I carved in the wood spirits and woodburned the turkeys, turkey tracks and flowers. The Turkey silhouettes are scrolled from 3/8 inch butternut. The rack is finished with several coats of Tung Oil. Pros and cons are welcome.