|Project by jjw5858||posted 10-12-2011 01:55 AM||2379 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Was lucky enough this Columbus day weekend to go hiking in the woods with my beautiful girlfiend Jenn. Being that she loves the woods and loves to hike, I wanted to make this hiking stick for her from some Maple that I have been fortunate to get from a good neighbor.
I turned the top spindle piece on my foot powered Springpole Lathe, than dilled a hole in the top of the actual stick and slowly worked it in for a hold. I realize that for now it’s a nice and snug fit…but later when nature does it’s thing I will have to most likely wedge my cut tenon when this is fully seasoned and reassemble.
I am hoping for as little spiltting as possible….just have to see what the wood wants to do. I couldn’t curb my creative enthusiasum to be on schedule with fresh green wood….lol
For the bark cutting and trimming I used this great Buck Knife I bought last chistmas, if your looking for a good intermediate woods knife ….this is the one! Great blade and a nice fitting handle. If you are interested….I purchased at Amazon.com…...Love this Buck.
I used my rasp to groove in the finger curves to make more of a handle like fit when using.
For an added touch I carved in her first name initial.
Something new I tried and enjoyed the process and she loves the natural look of it, so I know it will get some great mileage in the pines.
I hope this may have been a interesting and enjoyable country woodworking project to inspire the continued use of handtools and the wonderful trade we need to keep alive and growing.
Thanks for taking a look.
-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW