Thumb Stick

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Project by Rafe Demers posted 01-08-2013 09:27 PM 4061 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another “Lyre” Thumb-Stick I made for a dear friend. It features a Spalted Maple top mounted on a Natural Chestnut shank with a Bone spacer and Brass ferrule tip. I finished this with several coats of Danish Oil and spray Spar Varnish.

-- Rafe Demers

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 10:22 PM

Looks nice. Clean lines and nice joints!

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 11:19 PM

Thanks for your feedback!

-- Rafe Demers

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 01:57 AM

Looks gr8! I likes it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 02:47 AM

Can you take a picture of one of these “thumb sticks” in the hand so we can see how it is held please.
It looks great, but I cannot visualize how it is used.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 02:56 AM

Unique ,I can’t quite picture how it’s held either.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 07:51 PM

Hey thanks for your interests and comments, a thumb stick is a commonly used walking stick in the UK. It is designed to rest your thumb in the crotch of the handle. More common thumb sticks are just a natural “Y” in a branch just like a sling shot to have a comfortable place to rest your thumb, prop up a fishing rod or a even as a rifle stay. I included a picture of an unfinished stick that I have working on to show how it is held.

-- Rafe Demers

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