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Make Your Own Walking Sticks: How to Craft Canes and Staffs from Rustic to Fancy Paperback – June 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565233204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565233201
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Large, clear photos are linked to excellent explanatory text in this beautiful book on walking sticks, canes and staffs.

Large, clear photos are linked to excellent explanatory text in this beautiful book on walking sticks, canes and staffs. Fifteen individual projects are described step by step, from a simple pine branch to flat walking sticks to carved patterns from Lora S. Irish. Directions are also given for a laminated, bent-handled cane. Self describes sevral different kinds of screw fasteners for joining canes and staffs made in sections, and covers what hardware is available, from screw-on handles to hame knobs. He even suggests decorative hardware from found items such as upholstery tacks or brass jacket buttons. Many of the canes represented are lathe-turned, but others are made from sticks with bark remaining, or root pieces selected for bent handles. The author goes into detail about tools needed for shaping and sanding, and is careful to discuss tools, adhesives, and safety-related issues. One section is devoted to sample color swatches of forty different hardwoods with their range of availability, relative cost, and workability. It would be nice to know you can acquire a wood locally, look it up in Mr. Self's list to see its grain and color patterns, then read about its durability and how well is stands up to drying and carving. A great feature of this book is a gallery presentation of the cane collection of Albert LeCoff, founder of The Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. The canes were gifts from accomplished woodturners, in appreciation of Mr. LeCoff's contribution to the field. Many are quite imaginative, and an inspiration to lead into the various projects.

by Charles Self includes step-by-step instructions for making 15 different walking sticks. These projects range from a simple pine branch cane to a brass-handled and stylishly turned two-piece cane. The book includes info on what woods to use, the tools and hardware needed, and construction and finishing techniques. Also included is an inspirational section exhibiting the canes in the private collection of Albert LeCoff, the executive director of the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.

From the Back Cover

TAKE YOUR WOODWORKING FOR A WALK From rustic walking sticks to fancy canes, woodworker and author Charlie Self "cane" show you how to craft more than a dozen different staffs in Make Your Own Walking Sticks. Whether you are looking for something simple and practical or looking to make a statement, you will find everything you need to know inside this fun and easy-to-follow book. The first part covers what woods to use, the tools and hardware you'll need, and the basic construction and finishing techniques necessary to complete your project. The second part is devoted to 15 projects ranging from a simple pine branch cane for the beginner to a brass-handled and stylishly turned two-piece cane for the advanced craftsman. To ensure your success, step-by-step diections, helpful sidebars, and full-color photographs are all provided. Also included is a helpful guide to North American woods, 25 original carving patterns from renowned artist Lora S. Irish, and a stunning and inspiring gallery of canes and walking sticks from the private collection of Albert LeCoff, executive director of the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.

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Good pictures and illustrations.
miketc
The book is filled with full color photos showing the steps in creating simple to sophisticated canes/walking sticks.
M. W. Paulson
Also give me some idea of the tools I need and how to setup a good work space.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By 5150hillbilly on January 10, 2008
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I would give this a six star rating if possible. Beautiful examples of what can be attained. Extensive review of woods, their appearence and workability properties, grains, etc. Wide array of styles and methods, superb sourcebook.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rockwell S. Boyle Jr. on June 12, 2008
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An excellent discusion and illustrations of techniques for shaping, bending, and finishing walking sticks. Also includess good text and illustrations of techniques for making handles for canes. Covers various woods that make good walking sticks. Recommended for the curious or serios stickmaker.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Thyng on March 18, 2009
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The illustrations in this book are beautiful and inspiring. Resources for cane tips, handles, and even the actual wood are given also. Very worthwhile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Sebree on May 1, 2010
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Having recently used a walking stick,and knowing many others who could benefit but do not, I decided to look into the stick as a work of art that also adds a touch of class.

As I read more, I was impressed with the beauty and utility of the simple walking stick. This book was a good introduction to the technique of construction and to some of the woods available.

I do not know how far I will go as far as actually creating one myself, but I feel I am better informed and can hopefully encourage others who may benefit to look at them, not as a sign of advancing disability, but as something that makes the statement "I have arrived" with a little class.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Rock on September 15, 2009
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I have spent over a year looking for a source of 'joins' which even with a google search I could not find. This books reference sources was just what I needed to find a source for 'joins'. It seems that here in the states the term just is not used. Thanks to this book I can now join two staff pieces together with an attractive 1" Brass Join.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tammie Travis on June 2, 2010
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I gave this book to my husband who has just started making walking sticks and he loved it. He stated "for a novice it's a great starter book". "Lots of ideas". "Great asset to my hobby".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Paulson on July 10, 2011
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This book arrived today and I immediately sat down and read it. It was excellent. The book is filled with full color photos showing the steps in creating simple to sophisticated canes/walking sticks. The author took time to explain the various types of hand and power tools used for each project, as well as the finishes employed for the wood. Each project has a list of materials so it is clear what is needed before you begin. Also included are templates or carving and a list of suppliers. I cannot say enough good things about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tania a. trenary on February 28, 2011
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walking sticks....more than i expected...informational and easy to understand...loved the expressiveness of fellow artisans..hope to make a classic myself..yes, a classic, and that, afterall, is the art game, tania
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