Walking sticks, a sign of age??

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Posted by SteveVA on July 01, 2016 at 11:02:19 [URL] [DELETE] :

I cut a bunch of saplings so I made myself and a few others some nice handy walking sticks. We called them hiking sticks in boy scouts, lol.

I have bought several at craft shows over the years, but my favorites are ones I have made. Nothing fancy, just a functional tool when walking in the woods. Keeps the spider webs at bay too.

My long time favorites were made from dogwood, boy they are strong and last for ever.
I just made a nice one from cherry, it feels strong and is finishing out very smooth.

Here is what I have found about the different woods. Maple does not last. Pine works but can stay sticky. Oak works good but is heavy. Hickory is a little bit better then oak. Dogwood is the best. You can even get it from a dead tree.

If you want to peel the bark peel it green. If you a finish use linceed oil and rub the wood with a bone or deer antler before you apply linceed oil.

A walking stick is a handy tool. So what is your favorite walking stick?

I will try and post some pics if I can get into photobucket...

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