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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 6:03 pm    Post subject: Sticky topic Reply with quote

This may knot be what you were expecting, but I thought I'd log on and create a new post...

Before I come out with any more bad puns I should really get to the root of the subject.

I've seen a few of these hiking staffs for sale on ebay and always quite fancied one myself, but being a skinflint I kept wondering why I should pay for a lump of wood when they, well um, grow on trees.
So inspired, off I went in search of a nice straight sapling, procured from the side of the road, and after bringing it home set about peeling the bark and drawing a rough sketch of this a little old wood spirit, his name is woody, but that may be just a working title...

So far he's taken three days, the top pic being the first day, and I'm quite pleased with how he's coming along, it's great what you can do with a dremel. The wood is still very green and easy to work, but it'll be a good month or so before I can think about sealing him off, so plenty more time to think of more stuff to carve out. Maybe a logo or my geocaching name, who knows. It's started to warp a little as it's drying so I have it strapped down when not working on it, to help persuade it to stay straight!

If your not knot board yet, you can click on the pics for the full size versions. Rolling Eyes




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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm quite impressed, wish I was artistic like that? Are you thinking of doing others and maybe selling them? The chap from the US charges something like 50+ for his, they are good but that is expensive!
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very artistic - I like it.

What type of wood is it?

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's sycamore, not for any particular reason, it was the only decent straight sapling I could find at the time. I had originally been looking for chestnut but couldn't find any big enough for the job. I have plans to go and seek out some more though.

As for selling them. No, but once I've honed the skills I might make some as gifts Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hazel is the most commonly used wood in these parts for wading sticks. They tend to be very straight and season well to made a good strong stick. Not sure how easy they are to carve though.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd read that Hazel is very good for sticks, I may well try it out along with some other woods, depending on what I can find Smile

Here are some more updated pics.

I've mounted a cacher coin on the end, hopefully it'll clock up some miles along with the stick. I cut a recess and then used Araldite and a small brass pin to hold it in place.
I also decided to keep with the woody theme and cover it in Sycamore leaves.
These were drawn on by pencil then etched out with the Dremel. It's also had a light coat of danish oil and it shows off the etchings quite well. I plan to etch a lot more leaves before sealing it properly with the oil.



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's looking really good. I like the idea of the coin on the top.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hazel

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"Pick in September, cut in November"
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