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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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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Half the book is about very basic staff like tools, finishes and wood.
Half the projects are very basic - take a stick, sand it and stick a brass knob on top. The only somewhat interesting project (to me) was the last one about laminating and bending. There's more on turning with lathe, but I have no interest in this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some pretty good basic information in this book. It is worth buying.Published 6 months ago by Gary O
The outstanding photography is what really makes this book. Yes, it is quite informative, but does not have the "tricks of the trade" I was expecting; written more at a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Descca
A total surprise! This incredible book shows one everything they need to know if making a walking stick. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Ed
Great book, very helpful in making canes, walking sticks, etc.Published 16 months ago by Sherrell Booe-Wilson