|Project by knottysticks||posted 02-28-2010 10:06 PM||5018 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
The found wood for this hiking stick comes from shelter belts here on the prairies. Farmers plant caragana around thier yard sites and fields to block the wind and trap winter snow. Caragana is a hardy bush that will withstand drought and the bitter prairie cold. But caragana was not a wood to be considered good enough to be even used as firewood. The wood is rather soft weak, stringy and fibrous. Not much good for wood working, unless you are able to find a old dead piece that has turned dark purple up it’s centre. This purple centre [heart wood] becomes quite hard with a lovely dark colour. The real difficult thing is to find a piece that has this dark core that continues up thru it’s length with no gaps, and has hardened. After cutting 10 to 20 sticks you are luckly to find one useable stick. The last photo shows a example on the left where the centre has not fully hardened and become all purple, it still contains softer white sapwood. The sample on the right side is closer to what your hoping to find. I wonder if the same type of disease that affects diamond willow is at work here as well. The stick is straightened slightly but not so much that it loses it character. All the white sapwood was removed from this stick . The ‘diamonds’ are cleaned out , sanded , a ball compuss installed in the top. A brass tip fitted to the bottom and finished with danish oil. I like the fact that danish oil finish is easy to repair as this hiking stick gets yearly use on our camping trips.
Finish- Danish Oil
Leather wrist strap
Thank you for interest
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