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My Very First Walking Stick (Old)

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Many moons ago I made a walking stick from a shrub I found growing along the shore of the lake at our northwoods cabin.

It isn't very refined or well finished, but I made it in 1988 when I was 15 years old. Aside from a shallow split from it drying too fast when I first made it it's in great shape! I'm replacing the cheap screw on rubber chair leg pad with a brass end and a better urethane rubber bumper, filling in that split with CA and refreshing the finish a bit.

Hard to believe I still have it after 26 years, three moves across country.... and it still feels solid as ever with a nice fit in my hand.

I call it the mallard due to its odd shape.

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Looks like a nice finish from all the use. Can't argue with something that's last 25 years.

Jim

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I'm now wanting to craft a proper shillelagh using better methods, possibly hot lead loading it if it seems a bit light in the burl end.

And Drac, I have you to thank for the motivation to pursue new hobbies and to pick up old ones again!

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nice work. Especially for 15, looks great after 25 yrs.

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Looks great man, I was never great at wood working but man do I wish I had some of the talent you possess.

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Use has smoothed out the roughness over the years, it's got dents from use but overall it's not bad!

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Looks great man, I was never great at wood working but man do I wish I had some of the talent you possess.

I'm not that talented, Drac? That guy has heaps of talent and a gift for art!

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:redface1:

You have plenty. I just have a knack for picking this up. Trust me if it takes more than a few minutes to learn I probably will skip it.

Jim

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You have plenty. I just have a knack for picking this up. Trust me if it takes more than a few minutes to learn I probably will skip it.

Jim

I can teach you how to build a race engine for use at a race like pikes peak, engines are actually quite simple, it's the need for precision, perfection, and exacting measurements that scares most folks... I find it soothing, like meditation.

I need to stop the mechanic-meditation and move on to simpler hobbies.

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You guys impress the heck out of me . . . I love wood work, hence the name. But, I get distracted, and it's hard to get back into things. Patrick, we should get together and do some carving . . . you're not that far away?

Peace . . .

:KILT:

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I went for a walk tonight with the wife, my boy, and one of the pooches.

My son had his wee peach tree-limb "Walkin Tick" the evening was perfect, not too hot nor cool, I tried out the Wallace hunting kilt, still needs tweaking but it's coming along. The reverse pleat needs redoing for sure.

But hot d@mn that stick felt perfect.

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