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What is the best wood to use for a walking stick?

What is the best wood to use for a walking stick?

Excellent woods for walking sticks include hazel, birch, cherry, blackthorn, ash, oak, elder, and holly. Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa, or “sloe”) is perhaps ideal. These woods also make excellent walking stick handles, either in the shape of root knobs or knots, or when turned into shape on a lathe.

How do you cut a walking stick?


  1. Step 1: Cut your wood to length, making sure both ends are free of splits.
  2. Step 2: Using your pocketknife, whittle the bark from your stick, revealing the bright wood beneath.
  3. Step 3: Now is the time to carve a head for your stick, if you want one.

How long should a walking stick dry?

Dry the wood. Place the stick with bark removed in an area of the house or shop that is about 55 to 70 degrees for maybe 4 to 7 days. Don’t rush drying like placing wood in hot sun. Slower drying will reduce cracking.

What should I look for when buying a walking stick?

When purchasing a stick, you need to ensure it is correctly measured to your loved-one. They need to be able to stand as upright as possible, with their elbow slightly bent. The stick will take their weight so it’s important it’s measured correctly, or it could cause shoulder or elbow joint pain.

Can I carry a walking stick?

The TSA will allow a walking cane or walking stick and other devices like walking chairs required for personal use and safety on an airplane. Your cane still has to fit within the airlines size limits for carry-on bags if you are packing the cane in a carry-on bag.

Can you use a walking stick for self defense?

A walking stick can be a very effective long-range defensive tool. Here, the author demonstrates the starting position from which the stick can be used as a shield and strike weapon.

What does it mean to whittle a walking stick?

In this Instructable, you will learn how to whittle a staff / walking stick out of a cut off branch. Just so you know, whittle means to carve, specifically wood carving. There is more than just stripping off the bark in this Instructable!

What kind of wood are whistle Creek hiking sticks made of?

Whistle Creek walking sticks are made from natural hardwood. Each natural hiking stick and hardwood cane is sustainably handpicked from American forests. Purchasing a quality hardwood walking stick or cane from whistle creek is just another way to show that you love the wilderness as much as we do.

Which is the best walking stick for hiking?

Your Cascade Walking Stick will provide a sturdy and durable hiking companion invaluable for maintaining balance and footing on trails and through streams. Click on image for a larger view . Popular among hikers, the lightweight Trek offers additional comfort with a high density foam handgrip.

What’s the best way to make a walking stick?

Go into a forest near you and get yourself a stick, fairly thick, and long enough for a staff / walking stick, with the axe or machete knife. The stick I’m using is birch. You can also use maple, and many other woods. Then, slide the axe/machete along the bark to remove any twigs and knots.

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