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AbbaDatDeHat

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Greetings All:
Hey HJ, funny how life is. Later in the day that you mentioned my sticks i was at Walmart pondering just which ketchup i wanted. Started to turn and felt/heard two pops in my knee. Forgot about the ketchup. Lol
Guess it’s time to get some stick fit pics. Ha
Think i’ll start with my first.
Be weller. Bowen
 

MikeBravo

One Too Many
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Here's a pic of my current walking stick and shooting stick collections.

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MikeBravo

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Walking stick as a weapon? An excerpt from Wikipedia re the Battle of Crete during WW2:

Cretan civilians joined the battle with whatever weapons were at hand. Most civilians went into action armed only with what they could gather from their kitchens or barns and several German parachutists were knifed or clubbed to death in olive groves. In one recorded incident, an elderly Cretan man clubbed a parachutist to death with his walking cane, before the German could disentangle himself from his parachute.
 
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I'm always looking for old cane & umbrella handles made from root, antler, bone/ivory, celluloid/Bakelite, or metals for sticks & canes if anyone has anything. Victorian era thru the 1940's or so. Not interested in repo handles. Working on a nice black Victorian cane now & need something. Also need straight pieces of antler 4" - 6" long X 1/2" - 3/4" dia.

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bighatsmallpond

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I'm thinking about getting one of those Irish Blackthorn walking sticks next.
My Irish Blackthorn walking stick by them saved my life or almost got me killed depending on how you want to look at it. But it was effective. I was in a nice hotel in troy and I invited my cousin over who brought me to Detroit proper, im still wearin a 3 piece suit carrying a cane, we get checked in his neighborhood for being white boys and they almost ignored the cane so I reached for my wallet, but grabbed the cane and swung it than got the guy in front of me with a straight shot to the teeth. At which point I heard a gun cock and shit got real as there was a guy behind me I did not have time to get to...luckily he seemed to find it more funny his friends got hit by a white boy with a stick than pissed (good day?) and robbed me and sent me on my way, didn't even take the cane, like it was invisible. But things to note the blackthorn cane is propylene plastic (sp) or something like that not a real blackthorn.
 

busmatt

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Ever since I saw Poirot carry his Swan cane I’ve wanted one

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Now, thanks to a broken antique walking stick, a handle from eBay, 15 minutes of my time and some glue, I have one

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It’s not perfect but it’s got that nicely aged look.

I’ve got another handle coming as a friend of mine has recently taken up wood turning after the sad passing of his wife and he’s offered to make me a stick, he’s warned me that it’s his first attempt and might not be the best stick in the world but I’m not too bothered as it’s helping him come to terms with his loss.

Matt


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Ever since I saw Poirot carry his Swan cane I’ve wanted one

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Now, thanks to a broken antique walking stick, a handle from eBay, 15 minutes of my time and some glue, I have one

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It’s not perfect but it’s got that nicely aged look.

I’ve got another handle coming as a friend of mine has recently taken up wood turning after the sad passing of his wife and he’s offered to make me a stick, he’s warned me that it’s his first attempt and might not be the best stick in the world but I’m not too bothered as it’s helping him come to terms with his loss.

Matt


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Be sure & post what he makes for you.
 
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Here it is

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He had to make it in three sections and join it but I like it and it’s helping him in his mourning period.

Matt


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Good job for his first stick. I like partially peeled bark & knots on sticks. I especially like wormwood & vinewood sticks. You never know what you will find under the bark until you peel it. It's hard to find.

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I also like Diamond Willow. I have a couple of blanks dried now. You peel the bark & sand the knots to bring out the diamonds. From something like this:

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To something like this when finished:

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As told to me by my grandfather when I was growing up, late in her life my great-great-grandmother was blind from cataracts, widowed & lived alone. All of her children lived nearby including my great-grandfather. From one of the columns supporting the roof over the back porch he ran 3 lines of stiff clothesline wire from a single eyebolt. The left line ran to the outhouse; the center line ran to the clothesline where she hung her laundry to dry. And the right line ran out to the beehives she always kept for honey. She would step out on the porch, reach up for the line to where she wanted to go & hook the neck of her cane over that line & follow it out & back. She died in 1908.

I have the old cane my grandfather used late in his life. I have no way to know if it could be the same one she used, but I highly doubt it. It has been painted at some point & while some of the paint has worn off I see no signs of wear around the neck from sliding along a wire. Wish I had her cane too.

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I'll post up another. Canes were made tapered up until ~1930 which coincides closely with the beginning of the Bakelite & Catalin era. This is a straight Ash cane with a Catalin handle & nickel silver collar. Butterscotch colored Catalin tends to turn a nice green color over time from the oils of the hand, creating some nice effects.

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