|Project by ToddHolmDotCom||posted 09-25-2014 05:12 PM||909 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I work at Marine Corps Base Quantico with the Expeditionary Warfare School but I am not a Marine. However I do get requests from them from time to time to make things (you can see some of my previous posts if you are interested). Usually it’s something like a plaque or a ship’s wheel or wooden replicas of ammunition or things like that. So I was a little surprised when the Colonel approached me and asked for “a big stick.” But it is an easy project and he is the Colonel so I said sure. In the spirit of Roosevelt’s “walk softly and carry a big stick” approach to international diplomacy the Colonel now has his very own big stick and he couldn’t be happier.
The wood is a small oak sapling that was behind my shop that needed to be removed anyway. The stick is just under 36 inches long because that is what my lathe can handle. I engraved it with my CNC engraver but since it is a small CNC I had to cut a section out of the side to get it down to a thickness I could engrave properly, but I like the effect. I darkened the wood a little with some left over walnut stain. The officers here love it and say it has a real “Bam Bam” quality to it. Fred Flintstone would be proud.
-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."