Hiking Stick

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Project by jjw5858 posted 10-12-2011 01:55 AM 2677 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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…...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.

Best wishes!

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

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#1 posted 10-12-2011 02:41 PM

Wonderful job! Great looking staff! But why did you make the top finial a separate piece? Why not make it right from the top of your stick you start with?? Love my Buck too, they’re a great knife and nearly indestructible, I’ve had mine like that for probably 30 years or so. Keep up the great hand tool woodwork/craftsmanship/art!!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 10-12-2011 03:33 PM

Great project .

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#3 posted 10-12-2011 06:55 PM

Great Job! Nice looking stick!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 10-12-2011 09:49 PM

Great walking stick

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 12:54 AM

Very nice stick. I like the shaped handle!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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