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Paddyindublin
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PostSubject: Crafts: Making a walking stick   Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:06 am

Walking stick


A walking stick was often a tool of aid and essentiality for many of the older Pavee members, as well as potential objects of financial gain when sold to the larger community.

Gather together:

Box cutter
Stick
Heavy-duty gloves
Hand saw
100 grit sandpaper
400 grit sandpaper
Dust mask
Rags
Linseed oil
Tar or Thick Paint
200 grit sandpaper
Small screw

Method:

Step 1. Choose a stick that is comfortable in your hand and will support your weight.

Making sure to pick a stick that is well aligned. When the top and bottom of the stick are on the same axis, the stick will be well balanced, even if there is a bend in the middle.

Step 2. To prepare the stick put your gloves on to protect your hands from any needles and sap.
Remove any protruding branches with the hand saw. Try to make your cuts as close to the stick as possible, without gouging it.

Step 3. Now its time to peel off the bark, with depending on the freshness of your stick you may need to use the box cutters to completely strip the bark off.

Step 4. While wearing the dusk mask sand down any knots in the stick so that they are flush, using the 100 grit sandpaper.

Step 5. Sand down the remainder of the stick by hand using 200 grit sandpaper. Be careful to sand with the natural grain of the wood, as sanding against the grain can cause splintering.

Step 6. Now sand the entire stick again with 400 grit sandpaper, smoothing out any notches that may still remain on the stick.

When this is done wipe the stick down with a rag to remove remaining sawdust.

Step 7. Insert a small screw in the bottom of the stick.

Step 8. Apply the oil liberally to the stick using lint free rags.

Hang the stick from the screw in the bottom and let the oil dry.

Step 9. Now paint on some of the tar or thick paint, allow to dry and your walking stick is complete.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts: Making a walking stick   Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:04 am

Could carve it 2 r tar it
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts: Making a walking stick   Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:49 am

Thanks for this paddy going to try to make one for the da
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts: Making a walking stick   Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:54 am

That looks like a great recipe/ instructions Paddy. Have you ever tried it? I'll keep my eyes open this week, I'm doing plenty of chopping of wood. I might find a pieces to try it out. Let us know how you get on with the one for yer Da Jonnie.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafts: Making a walking stick   Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:01 pm

This is very cool! Might keep eye out for some decetn wood (hahah) but yid liek to try this sometime
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