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Project by GeorgeInNWFla posted 08-12-2018 11:26 PM 701 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To commemorate my newly re-designed and renamed shop, I made my self the Sleepy Dragon walking stick. The inspiration and instruction came from Paul Seller’s walking cane videos on his website. I made it to be extra beefy because, well, I’m an extra beefy guy. It’s made from a branch of cedar, with the head piece carved from padauk. The egg is an opalite. This is going to be a perpetual work in progress as I figure out what to put on it next. All of the carving was done by hand over a period of about a month. Yes, the egg lights up from underneath by a small LED light. Yes, that is a foot at the bottom. I went on a weekend camping trip with friends to the beach a couple of weeks ago and knew my bad hip wasn’t going to like all the loose white sand. The night before the trip I had a last minute inspiration to make the foot for the base. It worked better than expected. The stick didn’t bog down at all and was a great help in getting around all those sand dunes. I beveled out the hole to act as a sort of primitive ankle so it flexes as I walk. It’s made from a big chunk of Phillipine mahogany. I’ve yet to finish carving it into a dragon’s foot, but the basic shape still suits its purpose. I have several more ideas to add to this, so stay tuned for updates.

-- Leave out the fiction. The fact is this friction will only be worn by persistence. Leave out conditions. Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence.





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Andrek

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 11:29 AM

Well done, a lot of imagination, nicely done, thanks for the inspiration.

-- andrek

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 01:58 PM

I just bet it leaves one wild and crazy foot print in the sand …. I can imagine the next guy trying to figure it out …. a lot of head scratching .. .GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 07:23 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful walking stick.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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leafherder

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#4 posted 08-13-2018 09:14 PM

That is REALLY Cool! The flexible foot is brilliant, and I love the lighted egg as a top piece. Definitely a favorite, and I might have to steal a few of those ideas for some of my own sticks. I will also have to check out those videos. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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GeorgeInNWFla

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#5 posted 08-13-2018 09:52 PM

Here’s the link for the website where I got the LED light kit. They have a wide variety of ready made and DIY light kits for just about anything you’d want to do. It’s mostly for modelmakers, but, hey, who cares, they’re cool :D

https://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/products/chip-light-kit

-- Leave out the fiction. The fact is this friction will only be worn by persistence. Leave out conditions. Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence.

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 08-14-2018 02:27 AM

Bordering on true whimsy here, nice walking stick, love that foot, and can see how it would help in sand, mud, snow or a lot of surfaces where a broader “footprint” would help balance, and keep you from sinking in.

I wonder if some Naturalist will see your tracks and think they just discovered the last Winky Winky bird, or some such.

Thanks for posting, made me smile.

-- Think safe, be safe

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knottysticks

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#7 posted 08-15-2018 11:58 PM

Wow you have a one of a kind in the works – outstanding !!!

What did you use as a off/on switch?

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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GeorgeInNWFla

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#8 posted 08-17-2018 08:22 AM

@Knottysticks – Check out the link I posted above. It shows the chip light kit I used

-- Leave out the fiction. The fact is this friction will only be worn by persistence. Leave out conditions. Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence.

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