|Project by MisipiBob||posted 08-09-2010 11:43 PM||1500 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
In the beginning I made Shepherd Crooks that I sold at Sheep Dog Trials that I participated in and have one or more in 28 states and three foreign countries. In later years I still use the Shepherd Crook motif for most of my walking sticks. I make them in both Walking Stick height (up to 36 inches) and Market Stick height, 42-44 inches. Handles are laminated for strength in same wood or contrasting wood. Shafts are usually oak or maple but on occasion Walnut, Cherry, or Cocobolo. On one of the pix you will see a turned up nose. That was used by shepherds in the lambing yards. He stuck the crook in the ground and hung his lantern in the turn up. Liking a high gloss, I finish my sticks with teak oil, followed by five coats of polyurethane and lastly three coats of paste wax.
-- James, Mississippi