|Project by knottysticks||posted 03-06-2010 01:57 AM||4181 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
This is my favorite diamond willow hiking stick. It hangs on the wall in our kitchen [did I mention I have a tolerant wife], I can’t bring myself to use it in the bush – yet. This was hand shaped on and off over a period of 6 months. Across the sticks 58 inch length are 49 diamonds , the centre of nearly every diamond has a small hole/tunnel thru to the centre of a diamond on the other side of the stick. Initially I threaded leather lacing up thru all these holes but I soon realized that this was way too much and the stick looked as though it had grown fur. The stick was close to 3 inchs around at the start and too large and heavy to use as a hiking staff. So I removed as much wood a possible bringing the diameter down to around 1 to 1 1/2 inch. On diamond willow the live sapwood grows proud , in long narrow ridges up the branch between the diamonds , to feed the upper areas of the branch. These raised ridges of live [white] sapwood try to out grow the death thats happening up inside it’s diseased centre . Which is why the wood becomes so lumpy and twisted . I carved out these ridges , reversing the shape to make it smaller and lighter. So instead of raised rigdes there now are deep groves running the length of the shaft. The bottom has a 12 guage shotgun hull mounted to protect the tip. Finished with 12 coats of danish oil.
Wood – Diamond Willow
Leather wrist strap w/ a Jack Pine Cone [ or Dragon’s claw as the kids call it]
Tip – 12 guage shotgun hull
Finish – Danish oil
Thank you for your interest.
-- Everyday above ground is a good day.