wisteria walking staff

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Project by grizzman posted 07-05-2012 03:30 AM 3767 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a walking staff that has some really cool curves and the wood is very pretty, another wood worker reminded me that i had this piece of wisteria vine in the corner of my shop, and i hadnt known what i was going to do with it for sure, but after i saw how lovely the wood was i got it out and wen to sanding, its a very soft wood, and was a little hard to get it sanded to my liking, but i got it done, i put a mixture of BLO, TUNG OIL AND POLY on it, i let it soak in for several days and then sanded it one more time with 320 grit sand paper, i then hung it from a line i can put up in the shop for when i spray something long, and sprayed it with 4 coats of lacquer, i might do an in lay , ive got to think that through…and i might send off for a special tip for it, the kind where the rubber screws off to reveal a metal spike, perfect for different kinds of trail…...thank you for your comments and thanks for taking the time to look at my projects…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 03:38 AM

I really like this. Got personality.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-05-2012 03:39 AM

A whole new twist for you, it looks super.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 03:41 AM

SWMBO won’t allow me to prune ours!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 03:42 AM

Have to show that one to my wife, she likes Wisteria…...

Hope you had a good 4th…......just blew in from the airport….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 03:42 AM

That looks great. I hope that a walking stick that twist doesn’t make you walk crooked.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 03:52 AM

hey there jim, glad you got some r and r down south…im looking forward to seeing your shop set up and how its coming along…yea people say that when i walk with this thing, they say ive always been a little twisted…but i love the curves and shape of this vine, its lightweight and its kinda pulpy and stringy,,but once you spray it with lacquer or poly , it gives it the body it needs to sand out right…it was a fun one day project, if anyone want to try one, i can get more of it if you pay for the shipping..just let me know, ill get a piece and show you what it looks like before i send it on, and since this is an exotic from alabama, i imagine there would be some kind of charge or trade…or…......well well think of something i want that you have…lol….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 04:51 AM

Grizz, this certainly is gnarly wood. I don’t know how practical it is as a walking stick, but it is a great looking piece. Nice job on the finish.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 05:51 AM

al this wood will surprise you, its light weight but there is not much flex in this one, and i think it would hold up easily on a leisurely walk down a trail, or on the beach…im going to test it out even more, will let you know what i think…but its a surprising wood….i think because of all the twists in it, its made it more rigid…i have an idea also …just in case…i might be able to pull the rabbit out of my wooden hat…lol…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 09:16 AM

Nicely done Grizz. It has a lot of character. How appropriate for you!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 09:40 AM

Nice job and a great conversation piece for sure.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 07-05-2012 09:45 AM

Great walking stick, Grizz. Love the twists and turns in it.

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

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#12 posted 07-05-2012 09:54 AM

I never thought wisteria vine has much strength. Sure looks nice.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#13 posted 07-05-2012 10:03 AM

There certainly is a lot of personality in that stick! It is great to see such an interesting piece of wood get put to good use. It looks really great. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 07-05-2012 10:37 AM

The wizard Grizzy’s stick.
I love it, full of magic it is.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 07-05-2012 10:40 AM

“turned” out nice

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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