Ugly Stick

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Project by Mary Anne posted 1252 days ago 1862 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Great for walkin’ or whoopin’ if the necessity arises.

It is not as ugly as I thought it would be, but not as nice as it should be, either. Mostly because I hurried. My lathe work could have been quite a bit neater and crisper, but it doesn’t look too bad from a distance… or if you look in the distance in these photos instead of the details. :)

Walnut and hard maple. The handle was turned in two pieces. The shaft part of the handle has long tenons on each end epoxied into holes I drilled into the handle and shaft. It was a fun ‘do it in a day’ project that I am sure I will do again soon… only better.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 1252 days ago

I dont think it is ugly.
It is different and if you put a dozen different ones together.
It will be picked by someone who will treasure it.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 1252 days ago

not sure why you think it i ugly.
Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 1252 days ago

Very nice Ugly stick MA!! AS far a whoopin as teh need arises, yoiu might post a link in teh shop security thread :-))

BTW, NC look a lot better than i ever imagined.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1252 days ago

Looks pretty dang good to me.. You know the saying .”the devil’s in the details”
BUT! Your the one who knows the details and we don’t see them.
Great piece !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 1252 days ago

look’s OK to me
but i’m not a big fan of turned work

sure it’s not a pipe
like they had before
the bongs lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 1252 days ago

Very nice Mary Anne very nice view also.

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#7 posted 1252 days ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… looks beautiful from here… and so does the background!’

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 1252 days ago

You posted the wrong stick – I think the ugly one must still be behind you. This one looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 1252 days ago

You could be prosecuted under the trades description act in the UK Mary Anne there’s nothing ugly about it I think it turned out great, a thing of beauty
God bless

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 1252 days ago

Not a bad “ugly stick”, especially for a first. I like the way you designed the shaft and how it tapers a bit going into the handle. You may want to try some non-lathe techniques for the handle, add a few more ergonomic curves that fit the hand nicely. Otherwise, a nice piece, especially with that view!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 1252 days ago

Hey that’s not ugly! Nice job on that walking stick.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#12 posted 1252 days ago

As far as a walking stick, I say it is first rate.

I am still woried about that whoopin. I probably deserve it, but you got to catch me first.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 1252 days ago

The stick looks great! And the view looks like heaven to me.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 1251 days ago

Ditto the other remarks… Great job on your first walking stick!


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Mary Anne

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#15 posted 1251 days ago

Well, my strategy worked… y’all looked at the view instead of studying the cane! :)
Thank you for your kind comments.

I guess the colorful phrase, “Whooped with an ugly stick” is not as common as I thought.qq

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