A walking stick

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Project by Harold posted 11-16-2007 07:59 AM 2753 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The handle and base are made from a dark Koa while the 6 laminations are also koa but alittle more pale, just enough contrast. I used the same wood in the stand. Here in Hawaii many feel the Lava or stone should not be disturbed. So I have made latex molds and then cast “rocks” out of gypsum concrete. I dye the concrete black and then paint highlights to simulate the natural lava. The wooden portion of the stand attatches to a threaded rod cast into the base so it can be removed to ship.

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 11-16-2007 08:04 AM

Very sinuous and organic shape, and a great stand. What kind of finish do you use?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 11-16-2007 08:08 AM

I seal the wood with two coats of West System epoxy, and then 6 coats of minwax tung oil. I also use Fiberglass Hawaii epoxy sometimes depending on the type of wood I’m using.

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#3 posted 11-16-2007 11:32 AM

That is one beautiful walking stick. Very creative and innovative.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 11-16-2007 12:28 PM

1. the photography is wonderful
2. the walking stick is so … natural… very beautiful.
3. the stand… never would have thought of that in a million years. Unbelievable..

Love it
Love it
Love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 11-16-2007 03:16 PM

It is really nice just looking at it. In my last post I said I have skill envy.. you just drove that home :) wonderful work.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 11-16-2007 03:32 PM

Really, I agree. This is real nice.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 11-16-2007 04:11 PM

Really cool design…Keep em comin

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 11-16-2007 05:10 PM

Great design job. Love that wood!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 11-17-2007 03:46 AM

very artistic well done

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#10 posted 11-17-2007 05:01 AM

Outstanding design and craftsmanship Harold.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 11-17-2007 05:26 AM

I thought I commented on this, this morning. I must be getting senile. It is very nice and i rellylike the shapes on the stand. Outstanding

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Jiri Parkman

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#12 posted 12-28-2007 02:42 PM

Wood, design, execution – beauty.
And superb stand.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 09-29-2008 02:12 AM

this is a very beautiful piece, and the photography is stunning! I really like the slow, swooping curves; when you look at it up and down it feels like it will go on forever.

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#14 posted 10-02-2008 06:50 PM

WOW, very creative, at one with the cosmos, elegant, beautiful.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 03-03-2010 11:59 PM

what first drew me to this project was the first picture… love the depth of field you used to create a dramatic effect in this pic…
The project too is amazing…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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