|Project by Woodfix||posted 05-22-2013 12:51 PM||627 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Two weeks ago, my family and I went to Maleny for the weekend as it was Therese and my wedding anniversary on the May 2nd and completely coincidentally the Maleny Wood Expo was on the same weekend.
Not wishing to let a opportunity go by, I just had to go and was lucky enough to get a place in one of the workshops (the fact that I booked into the the workshop a week before is not to be mentioned in Therese’ presence, ever).
The workshop I did was billed as a ‘Mortise and Tenon’ workshop and you had a choise of what you could make in the 1 1/2 hours. I chose a Walking Stick. The workshop was run by Richard Knight (http://richardknightwoodworks.com.au/). And I walked away with a natural timber walking stick made from Tea tree and Redgum (the handle).
When I got home it was burnt with Therese’ Brulee flame torch to give it the black finish and then oiled. I also added the copper ferule to the end. It does not show in the photos but there is also a black rubber tap valve, which takes away the clunk, clunk of using it. It is also readily replaceable.
Interestingly, I don’t need a walking stick but because the workshop was early in the day I had to carry it around all day (till Therese came and got me). Before leaving, two people had offered to buy it and I had a long conversation with one of these fellows comparing mine to a similar one he had, which he had purchased in Ireland.
Anyway, it was a great day and a great weekend with the family. If you ever come to Australia in May, make sure you schedule a visit to this yearly event.
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