Shillelagh Walking stick

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Project by Rafe Demers posted 08-22-2015 01:46 AM 1382 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Shillelagh style walking stick I made for my friend who happens to be the local barber in the neighborhood I grew up in. He is in his 80’s and still is out cutting fire wood on his property a few days a week. Over the years we have become good friends and when I started getting back into wood working he was eager to give me a collection of burls that he has cut over many years. It was such a precious gift so I decided that I would thank him by making a Shillelagh style walking stick with one of the beautiful oak burls he gave me. The shank is natural Blackthorn and has been fitted with a brass collar and walking tip.

Thanks for looking!

-- Rafe Demers

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#1 posted 08-22-2015 04:13 AM

This is quite a beauty! The sentiments make this a precious and beautiful piece!

Is the handle made from oak burl?

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 04:53 AM

Another beauty. Love the grain in photo 3.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 10:43 AM

Thanks for the compliments, the handle is made from Oak Burl and the shank is Blackthorn (Sloe Plum)

-- Rafe Demers

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 04:53 PM

Beautiful combination of woods and textures. How is the handle attached to the shaft? And where do you get your brass fittings?
Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 06:27 PM

I get the brass fittings usually from Trxas Knifemakers Supply online They are listed as Nickle cane collars. I have used them with the polished Nickle finish on some jobs but I usually do some buffing and antiquing to get a brass/copper look. I am looking to have a local machine shop make some up in brass and copper but just haven’t got around to it. There also plenty of suppliers in the UK but the shipping is usually more than the product so I only order from them in a pinch. Thanks for your comments

-- Rafe Demers

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