Looking for wood for a carved walking stick

Douglas Robinson

Doug Robinson
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I am looking for for a piece of wood with about 3.5 to 4 inches in diameter or a 4 x 4 inch piece that is free of cracks and knots and about 60 inches long, I would prefer Lodgepole Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, Juniper, Alder, or Birch.

PM me if you have a piece or let me know where I can buy a piece.

Thanks
 

Charles Lent

Charley
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That's going to be a very heavy walking stick.

I like them when they are light and small enough in diameter to be able to completely close my fingers around, 1 - 1 1/2" max, but still be strong. Think about how many times you are going to have to pick that up and place it forward at about 3/4ths of your arm reach. My last hiking sticks were Bamboo and about 1" diameter. About the lightest walking stick that can be found.

When hiking, and in need of a replacement walking stick, I would look for long and straight saplings a little larger that I needed, use them for the duration of the hike, then remove the bark and let them thoroughly dry before personalizing them. My favorite was Beech because of it's hardness. I didn't have a lathe, but a spoke shave got it about right, and then heavy sanding from there to make it round. The handle portion was left a little larger, and frequently carved. I never spent money for the materials. Potential walking stick candidates are everywhere in the woods.

Charley
 

PeteM

Pete
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That's going to be a very heavy walking stick.
You have to start fat if you're going to carve a snake stick or similar,
Most of the wood comes off in the carving.
Something like this.

Not to mention that he didn't say it was for a walking stick.
 

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Hmerkle

Hank
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You have to start fat if you're going to carve a snake stick or similar,
Most of the wood comes off in the carving.
Something like this.

Not to mention that he didn't say it was for a walking stick.
OMG!
That would have been beaten into itty bitty little pieces! LOL (It looks too realistic!)
 

FredP

Fred
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You have to start fat if you're going to carve a snake stick or similar,
Most of the wood comes off in the carving.
Something like this.

Not to mention that he didn't say it was for a walking stick.
Um. Yes he did. Read the title. ;)
 

Douglas Robinson

Doug Robinson
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It is for a walking stick, but Pete is correct it is for a Mike Stennett snake walking stick. So it has to have a larger diameter because it does lose a lot due to the carving.

Thanks Jclrk for the recommendation. I am not sure of the wood, but they have some nice equipment.
 

PeteM

Pete
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Um. Yes he did. Read the title. ;)
You got me! - I read the post. Not the title. My bad.
It is for a walking stick, but Pete is correct it is for a Mike Stennett snake walking stick. So it has to have a larger diameter because it does lose a lot due to the carving.

Thanks Jclrk for the recommendation. I am not sure of the wood, but they have some nice equipment.
That is quite an undertaking. I've carved a few sticks but haven't worked up the nerve to do a full-blown Stennett style stick. Will you be using hand or power tools to rough it out? I'll be looking forward to following your progress. Be sure to take a lot of WIP photos.
 

PeteM

Pete
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I plan on using both hand and power tools. However, I need to find a good piece of wood first.
It's a good time of year to grab a saw and take a nice long walk in the woods. ;-))
One of Mr. Stennett's suggestions is a cedar fence post.
Did you get his book/video?
 

tghsmith

tghs
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finding saplings that grew with vines can give some great walking stick blanks .. when gathering just make sure it wasn't a poison ivy vine...
 

ScottM

Scott
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It's a good time of year to grab a saw and take a nice long walk in the woods. ;-))
One of Mr. Stennett's suggestions is a cedar fence post.
Did you get his book/video?
Just remember it is hunting season in large parts of the state. Safety first when walking in the woods.
 

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