Make Your Own Walking Sticks: How to Craft Canes and Staffs from Rustic to Fancy

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Features step-by-step projects for a variety of sticks, staffs and canes. Includes a history of walking sticks, reasons to make your own, full-color gallery, and information on how to market your work. Carvers, turners and woodworkers of all skill levels will discover 15 fun projects and patterns for crafting canes. Includes 25 original carving patterns from renowned artist Lora S. Irish.
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Overview

Features step-by-step projects for a variety of sticks, staffs and canes. Includes a history of walking sticks, reasons to make your own, full-color gallery, and information on how to market your work. Carvers, turners and woodworkers of all skill levels will discover 15 fun projects and patterns for crafting canes. Includes 25 original carving patterns from renowned artist Lora S. Irish.
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Large, clear photos are linked to excellent explanatory text in this beautiful book on walking sticks, canes and staffs. Fifteen individual projects are described step by step, from a simple pine branch to flat walking sticks to carved patterns from Lora S. Irish. Directions are also given for a laminated, bent-handled cane.
Self describes sevral different kinds of screw fasteners for joining canes and staffs made in sections, and covers what hardware is available, from screw-on handles to hame knobs. He even suggests decorative hardware from found items such as upholstery tacks or brass jacket buttons.
Many of the canes represented are lathe-turned, but others are made from sticks with bark remaining, or root pieces selected for bent handles. The author goes into detail about tools needed for shaping and sanding, and is careful to discuss tools, adhesives, and safety-related issues. One section is devoted to sample color swatches of forty different hardwoods with their range of availability, relative cost, and workability. It would be nice to know you can acquire a wood locally, look it up in Mr. Self's list to see its grain and color patterns, then read about its durability and how well is stands up to drying and carving.
A great feature of this book is a gallery presentation of the cane collection of Albert LeCoff, founder of The Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. The canes were gifts from accomplished woodturners, in appreciation of Mr. LeCoff's contribution to the field. Many are quite imaginative, and an inspiration to lead into the various projects.

Large, clear photos are linked to excellent explanatory text in this beautiful book on walking sticks, canes and staffs.

by Charles Self includes step-by-step instructions for making 15 different walking sticks. These projects range from a simple pine branch cane to a brass-handled and stylishly turned two-piece cane. The book includes info on what woods to use, the tools and hardware needed, and construction and finishing techniques. Also included is an inspirational section exhibiting the canes in the private collection of Albert LeCoff, the executive director of the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.

Woodcentral.com
Excellent photography and clear photos of procedures make up this wonderful tribute to traditional craft.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565233201
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 282,284
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Woodworker Charles Self is an award-winning writer who has contributed a vast amount of work to the woodworking field. In 2005, he received a Vaughan-Bushnell Golden Hammer Award for Best Do-It-Yourself Book for "Woodworker's Pocket Reference." His other books include "Cabinets and Countertops," "Woodworker's Guide to Selecting & Milling Wood," "Creating Your Own Woodworking Shop," and "Building Your Own Home." He has also written thousands of articles for publications, such as "Popular Woodworking," "Woodcarving Illustrated," "Woodshop News," and "Woodworker's Journal," and he has edited and consulted for companies such as DeWalt, Grizzly Industrial, mcGraw-Hill, Time-Life, and Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia. he currently serves as a director for the National Association of Home & Workshop Writers.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: A FEW GOOD STICKS.....viii
GALLERY: ALBERT LeCOFF'S RACK OF CANES.......1
PART 1: GETTING STARTED.......11
Woods for Walking Sticks, Canes, and Staffs...13
Wood species...14
Purchasing wood...15
Using found wood...15
Harvesting roots...15
A Stick Maker's Guide to Hardwoods...16
Storing wood...24
Bending wood...24
Sizing walking sticks and canes...25
Adhesives, Hardware, and Fasteners...27
Clamps...31
Mechanical fasteners...34
Tools for Walking Sticks, Canes, and Staffs...41
Measuring tools...42
Hand tools...44
Power tools...50
Eye, hearing and lung safety...55
Finishes for Walking Sticks, canes, and Staffs...57
The finishing process...58
PART 2: WALKING STICK, CANE AND STAFF PROJECTS.....65
Flat Walking Sticks...67
Flat Walking Stick in White Oak...68
Flat Walking Stick in Sycamore...70
Flat Walking Stick in Sycamore with Hame Ball...72
Flat Walking Stick in Mesquite...74
Bark-On Sticks and Canes...77
Pine Branch Cane...78
Maple Stick...80
Sumac Stick...82
Willow Sticks...85
Willow Stick with Natural Hoof Handle...86
Willow Stick with Ball Handle...90
Patterns for Carved sticks, Canes and Staffs...93
Turned Walking Sticks...109
Cherry Walking Stick and Camera Stand...110
Two-Piece Cherry Cane...116
Cherry and Rosewood-Handled Cane...122
Sassafras and Mesquite Two-Piece Cane...126
Sassafras Cane with One-Piece Shaft...130
Laminated Canes...135
Laminated Cherry and Oak Cane...136
INDEX AND RESOURCES...141
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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Great resource.

    Book is a good resource for picking wood for canes and walking sticks. Gives a good overview of different types and styles.

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