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

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

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Woodworkers, carvers and turners of all skill levels will discover 15 fantastic and unique walking stick projects that range from a basic pine staff to a sophisticated brass-adorned turned cane.

Complete with step-by-step instructions, detailed patterns and in-depth coverage of shaping, turning and finishing techniques, this book also includes a valuable guide to woods and an impressive gallery of works from the private collection of Albert LeCoff, executive director of the Wood Turning Centre in Philadelphia.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, photos / illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
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  • Category: DIY: carpentry & woodworking
  • ISBN: 9781565233201



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Once you know the basics of making a walking stick, how much more can be said?Charles Self manages to say quite a lot. Almost half the book is given over to "Getting Started", including wood selection, adhesives, hardware and fastners, and tools and finishes. His discussion of handles is limited to brass and does not touch on those made from other materials such as horn. Additionally Self mentions steam bending of wood to form handles, but this is well beyond the scope of the book.The second half is devoted to the creation of different styles of walking sticks, staffs and canes: flat walking sticks, "bark-on" sticks and canes, willow, patterns for carved sticks, lathe-turned sticks and laminated canes.Finally he mentions a few resources (I think they're all US-based) that supply walking stick hardware.After the good advice of the first part, the value of this book is in the description of different approaches to creating the walking stick, staff and cane. Once the basics of the different styles are understood (and this isn't hard) its a matter of being creative (and finding the hardware to finish it off). As an alternative to commercial handles, Self also discusses turned handles and naturally formed handles.Of particular interest is the process of laminating to produce a curved handled cane.Certainly the book is inspiring, and the book's finished sticks are beautiful works. But there is definitely an art to making a piece of wood look like more than just a stick.