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    John Moore

    I cut a piece of hickory to a tall taper, then shaped the handle. I went ahead and added a nice twist. I wanted a leather strap, so I got that accomplish as well.

    Overall it is 56 inches tall and 7/8th of an inch thick.

    I finished it with shellac with 2 coats of poly on top of that.

    All and all, I am very happy with it.

    My daughter wanted a leather strap added to hers as well.

    Now they stay by the front door, ready to be used when we head out walk for a walk.

    Lakeland, Florida USA


    Very Nice John, good job

    Steve Follis

    Nice job John. Did you find the Hickory difficult to work with?

    Memphis, Tennessee


    Handsome work there John. Hickory when really dry is tough stuff and heavy. I like to work it down when very green and finish it when thoroughly cured.

    You’ll be walking softly now with that big hickory stick.

    Joe B.

    John Moore

    Thanks guys.

    Steve, I did not think it was hard to work with. The 60″ rip cut by hand did go slower than pine(lol), but I have a great rip saw, so it was not that bad.

    The planes, spokeshave, and card scraper cut like butter.

    I am going to be working on making a long board with my teenage daughter this weekend. I have bought hickory and mahogany for that project. So I can comment more in the up coming weeks.

    Lakeland, Florida USA

    Greg Merritt

    Very nice John! Well done.

    David Gill

    Great job John The leather straps are a nice touch

    Wigan, Lancs. England :


    I like the twisted walking/hiking variety. When I make one, it will be a long hiking stick.

    John the leather strap will stay tied longer if you use a square of figure 8 knot. I love know tying. Here’s a great reference for knots.


    i'd prefer to make it myself

    John Moore

    Thanks everybody.

    Denise, thanks for the reference, I will keep that in mind.

    Lakeland, Florida USA

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