|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 230 days ago||696 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This is a little walking, or hiking stick made from ‘Florida Sand juniper’ beach combed on the shores of Appalachecola Bay, Florida. This particular piece was cut green about three years ago and it has been seasoning in my garage since. Sometimes called ‘Sand Cedar’, this ‘tree’ is more shrub-like and grows just inward of the sand dunes on the more protected parts of the upper gulf shore, with multiple trunks and is seldom much over about fifteen feet tall, but quite thick and bushy. It is actually a form of cypress (Juniperus silicicola) and is extremely tough and strong and like much shore vegetation, gnarled and twisty. It is very resinous and aromatic, with a heart exactly the same hue as fresh cut purple heart.
This was made as a gift in honor of a close friend’s fiftieth birthday, and is being sent to him as a ‘Tennessee Turd Roller’, the name inspired by something I saw on Craigslist recently which made me to laugh out loud. My friend has been warned not to get the business end mixed up with the handle end in use. I use a similar hiking stick myself, and find the correct angle at the top with a thumb groove carved into it makes it very comfortable to use. The bottom end is reinforced with a copper end cap, and a crutch tip is installed over that.
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