Eagle Staff

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Project by marv03 posted 09-15-2011 04:27 PM 1372 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First post so be kind. Just graduated from school, have my first job and for the first time I find myself with a little disposable time and a few sheckles to spend on a hobby I’ve been eying for a long time.

I love scouting and have toyed around with carving sticks on countless camp outs. Recently one of the scouts I’ve worked with became an eagle scout and I decided I wanted to do something nice for his court of honor. I decided an eagle staff would be fitting.

First off, their are many things to love about walking staffs. They don’t have to be perfect, no joiner required, in fact it’s preferable that they are not. Second is that you can use all sorts of fun wood. While I could never mill enough wood from an oleander bush, I can drop by my neighbor who is pruning his yard, this opens up endless possibilities. I find myself always on the look out.

For this piece I found a Holly bush that had a runner just long enough for a staff, I let it dry for about 18 months, just in time for the court of honor. I sanded it down and found a beautiful ivory tone. I added some decorative leather with the eagle scout emblem nailed with copper nails. The top is a relieve carving of the scouts initials, his design, and wood burned it. The end has a copper end cap attached, not very practical for hiking, but it’s meant to be more decorative in nature anyways. finished with tung oil and that was that.

Fun first project, first time incorporating leather, first time relief carving, first time using a wood burner.

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 05:25 PM

Welcome to LJ’s marvo3! Very Good Job I am sure your friend is going to love it.

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 05:34 PM

You are sideways, that’s no way for a Scout to be standing…..straighten yourself upright young man.
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#3 posted 09-15-2011 11:50 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!
Congratulations to your Eagle Scout friend! In my HR days, I was always happy to interview Eagle Scouts. 99% of them were hired on the spot when I learned of their achievement. Never and I mean never was the decision to hire an Eagle Scout a bad one. Fine young men every one.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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