Sticks a Plenty

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Project by MisipiBob posted 08-09-2010 11:43 PM 1701 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 11:50 PM

Those are some very beautiful canes. Great Job!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 11:54 PM

Beautiful sticks.
Very Welsh-like in design.

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 12:08 AM

Very nice canes. Great finish on them also. They are real show pieces. Thanks for posting.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 12:10 AM

Really beautiful, love them.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 01:08 AM

Gorgeous. Not only do I like them, I may be needing one soon.

-- Rick

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 01:21 AM

Those are great! I love the lantern hangers. Nice looking sticks…...........

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

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 01:40 AM

i heard a rumor from a close relative that you were working on some sticks…these are really nice…youve done a great job…tell dave i said hello also….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 12:45 PM

these are superb examples of “stickmaking” ..From top to bottom, they exude craftmanship.

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 04:13 PM

Wonderful canes with beautiful woods.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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