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Post by deacon on Sat 25 Jan 2014 - 18:04

Just wondered if anyone else was into this.

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Post by KSH on Sat 25 Jan 2014 - 18:09

Not me but tell us more, what do you use?
used to work with a guy who used to make these out of sheeps horns, once brought some into work and asked me to cut them up for him, I only did one cut and give up when the maggots started dropping out  affraid 

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Post by Techno100 on Sat 25 Jan 2014 - 19:41

I'm looking for one when I'm out and about. I'll find one that likes me eventually.
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Post by KSH on Sat 25 Jan 2014 - 19:44

One with a camera mount on it  Very Happy 
I have one already but its a bit wobbly with the dslr on it, designed for a mobile phone I think!

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Post by Techno100 on Sat 25 Jan 2014 - 19:45

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Just wondered if anyone else was into this.
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Post by mike 100 on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 9:40

been making walking stick from hedge rows for year, use then when out beating at local shoots around us got some  strange looking ones now
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Post by The Burchies on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 9:44

But not as strange as you do in your avatar Mick   
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Post by debbie on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 9:50

Made one out of a broom handle, two years ago when I had problems with my left knee. Now kept in the cupboard just in case!
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Post by mike 100 on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 10:16

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:But not as strange as you do in your avatar Mick   

I must agree mark strange night that
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Post by deacon on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 16:13

I've been making them for a few years now.l keep my eyes open looking for likely shanks (sticks).Then I cut them and store them for about 3 yrs before I straighten them. Then the work begins.I like my sticks to have some character and be a little unusual. Anyway, it keeps me out of trouble and is a very satisfying hobby.

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Post by deacon on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 16:25

I've been making them for a few years now.l keep my eyes open looking for likely shanks (sticks).Then I cut them and store them for about 3 yrs before I straighten them. Then the work begins.I like my sticks to have some character and be a little unusual. Anyway, it keeps me out of trouble and is a very satisfying hobby.I also make knives and leather sheaths and have been known to make the odd guitar or two

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Post by deacon on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 16:30

As you have probably guessed pc's and the like aren't my thing!

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Post by mike 100 on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 16:48

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Post by The Burchies on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 16:53

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I've been making them for a few years now.l keep my eyes open looking for likely shanks (sticks).Then I cut them and store them for about 3 yrs before I straighten them. Then the work begins.I like my sticks to have some character and be a little unusual. Anyway,  it keeps me out of trouble and is a very satisfying hobby.I also make knives and leather sheaths and have been known to make the odd guitar or two

feel free to add some of your photos of the work you have done in our "Hobbies" section. cheers 
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Post by mike 100 on Sun 26 Jan 2014 - 16:53

I just cut a nice shaft at beginning of season and off I go,i  pick up my best one this year it has a large swollen knot which I have calved in to a nice shape that fits my very large hands perfect this is my van stick
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Post by dogman on Wed 5 Feb 2014 - 10:57

I also make sticks, over the years I have made quite a few, I put some pics in hobbies, be very interested to see the work of others.
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Post by deacon on Sun 25 May 2014 - 15:30

Just been to Whin yeats cl site. Found a straight ish beech stave.. About 7ft long with honeysuckle wound around it. Will make a good walking pole. May sell to a Druid..!

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Post by dogman on Mon 26 May 2014 - 17:34

You can straighten it by putting it in a vice and playing a hair dryer on the offending bend, get it nice and warm then pull it over straight and let it bend back to straight then allow it to cool.
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Post by deacon on Tue 27 May 2014 - 15:03

Yes, it's much easier to do with beech than with hawthorn. I have about 7 0 shanks to do at the moment. That will keep me busy for a while. I like to make them a little rustic and not always straight. I've also started doing a bit of carving on them for a change.

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Post by dogman on Tue 27 May 2014 - 16:38

Not too good at carving myself, my "specialty" is a rope twist which can look very good but I go no further than that.
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Post by deacon on Tue 27 May 2014 - 17:36

You're rope twist looks great. How do you do it.?

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Post by dogman on Tue 27 May 2014 - 18:05

Mark out the stick with the desired rate of twist, cut along the line with a thin blade such as a junior hacksaw, cut from in between the lines into the hacksaw cut with a craft knife, you will soon get the idea as the twist begins to form.  Maybe the picture will help.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post by deacon on Tue 27 May 2014 - 21:09

Right, got it. I'll be having a go at that. Thanks. All the best. Deacon

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