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  • #16
    Re: Walking Sticks

    Hi Cap'n,

    There are nearly as many ways to make a walking stick as there are stickmakers.

    To peel or not to peel is the first question. Some stickmakers peel their sticks while others keep the bark on. I peel all of mine but have seen some nice ones made with the bark on and might give it a shot someday too. The best species for sticks with the bark on are smooth, thin barked types.

    As for finishing, it is again up to you. Sticks can be stained, painted, oiled, waxed, or varnished depending on the finish you prefer. I use mineral oil or clear spray finish on most of my work.

    My suggestion would be to experiment with peeling, carving, woodburning, and finishing till you find what you like best.

    Good whittlin, Cliff

    http://www.geocities.com/cliffordpar...ffsSticks.html

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    • #17
      Re: Walking Sticks

      In all the years I have been trying my hand at carving, I have never carved a stick yet. So where would you suggest I get some ideas to start with. Sounds like this might be worth throwing in the pot with all my other projects. Besides I might be needing one before too long
      Cheers
      Ric

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      • #18
        Re: Walking Sticks

        I seem to recal that there is a link to carved sticks at ol'don.org xxx might be wrong but think so xxx also there are a ton of books on sticks Tom Wolfe has several.

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        • #19
          Re: Walking Sticks

          Hi Ric,

          Carving a stick is largely a matter of choices. What type of wood, what to carve, to peel or not, how to finish, etc.

          There ae several stickmaking lists at topica and yahoo and many good sites where you can see what others are doing. Just try putting walking sticks into your favorite search engine. The types of carvings, woodburnings, and finishes are unending so you just need to decide what you would like.

          Here is a good link to get you started.

          American Stickmakers Association
          http://www.stickmakers.org/Index.html

          Good whittlin, Cliff

          http://www.geocities.com/cliffordpar...ffsSticks.html



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          • #20
            Re: Walking Sticks

            Here in our corner of SW Missouri, we carve quite a bit of river willows for walking sticks. Usually cut the whips one year, let them dry good for a year, then debark and carve. Something neat you can do with willows especially is shape them into some unusual configurations and let them continue growing another year to two until they reach the size you want--like making a crook top, or winding around a dowel or broom handle.

            Which reminds me, can anyone tell me the 'proper botanical' name for diamond willow. We can't find it around here but thought if we knew the name, we might have better luck.
            Donna T

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            • #21
              Re: Walking Sticks

              Thanks Clif...that was a good site. All I needed was another carving adventure to get hooked on. I think I will start with a book or two to get the basic idea. This looks like you can get real creative. I see future Christmas gifts in the future for friends and family.
              Cheers
              Ric

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              • #22
                Re: Walking Sticks

                Diamond willow is actually a 'disease' caused by a fungus and can occur on several of the willow species.

                Salix bebbiana
                Bebb willow

                Salix bebbiana var. perrostrata
                smooth Bebb willow

                Salix pseudomonticola
                park willow

                Salix arbusculoides
                littletree willow

                Salix discolor

                Salix scouleriana
                Scouler willow

                Salix alaxensis
                feltleaf willow

                I have noticed that the dw I find here in northern Iowa is not as prolific and does not have as good diamonds as the ones I get in northern Minnesota and am not at all sure how well it grows farther south. Good hunting

                Good whittlin, Cliff

                http://www.geocities.com/cliffordpar...ffsSticks.html



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                • #23
                  Re: Walking Sticks

                  I can see where hunting down the proper sticks could be half the fun, but are there places where one can buy sticks ready to carve to avoid waiting for the sticks to season?
                  Cheers
                  Ric

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                  • #24
                    Re: Walking Sticks

                    There are quite a few sources - right off the top of my head, Itasca Wood Products.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Walking Sticks

                      Ric,
                      As I have said before, I peel and carve most of my sticks green and haven't had a severe cracking problem yet. I have noticed that hardwoods tend to crack more than softer woods like willow, basswood, etc.The few small cracks I have gotten in a few of the many sticks I have done just adds character. That said, here are a few links for blanks.

                      Basswood and Butternut
                      http://www.basswoodproducts.com/catalog_4.html

                      Mesquite, Osage Orange,and Juniper
                      http://www.brazosmesquite.com/walkingsticksretail.htm

                      Diamond Willow
                      http://www.itascawoodproducts.com/willow.html
                      http://diamondwillowwood.tripod.com/


                      Good whittlin, Cliff
                      http://www.geocities.com/cliffordpar...ffsSticks.html

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