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Rustic Walking Stick For A Beloved Niece

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Project by Bertha posted 04-11-2011 02:02 AM 2201 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A departure for me…Having started collecting twigs and branches for future rustic furniture, I gave my beloved niece (Caroline) her pick of sticks. Her three year old self gravitated toward this stick and I set to work. I draw-knifed it, flood with BLO, seal with amber shellac, and 1 of 4 coats of poly. It’s got an insert post to allow her 1 1/2 inches of growning room (about a week, lol, I’ don’t have kids). I was inspired by MaFe’s adze sheath & dipped into my leather stash (novice, so go gentle). It hasn’t been presented to her yet & I hope she loves it! Same warm feelings go out to all Lumberjocks from Al’s shop :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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poopiekat

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 02:50 AM

Thanks, Al! I’ve gotta make a few of these! We’re near flood stage around here, and there’s lots of found wood to be had, now that the ice has moved on. Is the inscription handcarved, or was it done by woodburning? This is a great project, thanks for the inspiration!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Bertha

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 03:08 AM

Thanks Poopiekat! Start collecting :) The inscription was burned with a Dagger woodburning system. I print the font & transfer it by burnishing, then do my novice best. There’s something spectacular about drawknifing a stick from the yard. I hope your scavenging goes well!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 03:25 AM

Nice looking walking stick.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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mafe

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 05:43 PM

Looking good, and what sweet burning you made.
(My GF is Caroline, so I smiled as I saw her name).
Glad I could inspire to use some leather.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 07:02 PM

That’s a wonderful hiking stick. I have one similar that someone gave me only it doesn’t have my name on it. You did a nice job with that burning tool.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bertha

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 09:40 PM

Thank you Mads and Wreck. I don’t fancy myself much of a burner but I treated myself to a quality one a while back. I honestly think a quality burner makes all the difference, as it excuses a lot of operator error. This was her first visit to the country and allowed her to choose her favorite stick from my “future rustic furniture” woodpile. It was a nice excuse to pull out the drawknife and complain to my fiance’ why a need a draw horse :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#7 posted 04-13-2011 06:11 PM

^Thank you BeginningWoodworker! My screen wasn’t big enough to spot your post! My apologies, as I certainly value your opinion.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 09:42 PM

Awesome job on this, I really enjoy the whole idea and story. Great work and inspiring. Hope you get that draw horse!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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