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    John Moore
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    I made my Dad a hiking stick from mahogany. He is a very active. I don’t know if he will use it on his walks (we live in flat Florida), but he really enjoyed receiving it and loves the beauty of the wood.

    It is 59″ tall with the hand rest 15″ from the top. This 3 inches taller than mine I made out of hickory, but Dad is over 6 foot tall. It fits him good.

    I gave it two coats of shellac, followed by three coats of poly.

    A friend saw his and announced that he wants one too. I will be making his soon.

    PS. It was his Christmas gift, that is why the pretty bow is on it.LOL

    Lakeland, Florida USA

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    #24814
    Greg Merritt
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    More good work John! That is a very nice walking staff. Well done.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #24819
    DeniseG
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    Nice, John. I have some mahogany saved for when I make my first cane. Did you use rasps for the twist? I have a 4 in hand nicholson and no other rasps right now. I hope my rasp will work. Hand cut rasps are ver pricey.

    i'd prefer to make it myself

    #24823
    frankpro
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    Great work. The finish looks really nice.

    #24827
    David Gill
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    Nice job John the twists are very neat and uniform , you have turned out a lot of very nice projects.

    Denise I do not know what the Nicholson rasp is like but a Bahco 1/2 round rasp (£12)will do a good job of roughing out the twists but does leave a very rough finish that will want smoothing out with a smoother rasp or file. My daughter has bought me a Liogier 1/2 round hand stiched rasp for Christmas but it has not arrived as yet, I am hoping that it will remove material fast and leave a good finish.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #24831
    Mark Armstrong
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    John I’m going to change you name to John the Stick.
    You have done some excellent versions of the canes and walking sticks. Well done. 😉

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #24834
    Greg Merritt
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    Denise, I did my cane with just a 4 in hand and it worked fine. Just takes a little more time. My cane is no where near as nice as John’s though.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #24852
    John Moore
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    I am in awe at some of the nice comments. Thank you for the encouragement!

    Denise, the twist was done with a 1/2 round rasp(NOT hand stitch), then a 1/2 round file, then a very thin card scraper, and lastly 220 wrapped around a glue bottle. In my opinion, I think you can go wild with even the roughest rasp, then clean up lightly with file, then spend time with thin card scraper the most. That thin scraper works wonders on removing the marks left by the rasp/file (on hardwoods).

    As far as the uniformity, I lay a protractor out on my bench at 30º and match the rasp stroke to it. I normally move over one width of the rasp, cut a new stroke, then a third time before turning the stick in the vice.

    Hope this helps, just have fun. Make canes and sticks, then post photos.

    Lakeland, Florida USA

    #24868
    Ken
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    I’m a bit late on this one. Great work John, it looks amazing. 😉

    #24877
    Steve Follis
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    It looks good John, very nice work! I bet your dad was excited to get it since you made it for him.

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #24881
    BarryB
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    Very nice John, beautiful twist detailing!

    New Brunswick, Canada

    #24884
    david o’sullivan
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    nice job john .i agree a thin scraper works very well for finishing up

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

    #24887

    Very beautiful stick John) Thanks for posting)))

    Toronto, Canada

    #24986
    John Moore
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    Thanks for the kind comments. I appreciate it.

    Lakeland, Florida USA

    #25086
    Justjoe
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    I really like the handle of this.

    Lincolnshire, England
    www.joesleightwoodworker.co.uk

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