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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565233201
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 528,107
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

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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Make Your Own Walking Sticks: How to Craft Canes and Staffs from Rustic to Fancy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Johnny70 More than 1 year ago
Book is a good resource for picking wood for canes and walking sticks. Gives a good overview of different types and styles.