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    I started a hiking/hunting stix for the son. My idea is to have it so a gun barrel can be placed between the horns of the bighorn sheep that will set on top of the stix.
    The head is about 3" tall by 2-1/2" wide, It has been carved out of some poplar wood sent to me from Michigan. The wood wasn't as thick as I would have like so I added a piece of I don't know what kind of wood, but it is hard, kind of a medium brown color. I cut female 1" female threads inside it to mount to the shaft. The shaft will be in three pieces. two for the shaft and I'll build another thread piece to mount them together. It will be 4-3/4" long. This will allow the shaft to be adjusted for the height of the shooter.
    for the bottom, I'm going to use 1" x1/2" copper fitting with 1/2' copper pipe bullet inserted. I believe I'll try wrapping the threaded piece with some paracord. Anyway I thought I would throw some pictures up of what I've got done so far

    As always C&C are welcome
    . . .JoeB

  • #2
    Nice project and approach. I usually use leather lace instead of paracord because it just seems in more harmony with the rustic "outdoors" design. Obviously personal preference.
    Living among knives and fire.


    • #3
      There you go, a good comment right off the bat, thanks Bill
      . . .JoeB


      • #4
        Full curl, very pleasant sight on any mountain.
        The stick will be great, mostly long shots here.
        Don't forget to consider the cord, whatever you use, as more than just decoration.
        The user may need that cord some day in the middle of nowhere.


        • #5
          I've had customers want paracord but most seem to want the leather lace for the "rustic" look. I use the 1/8 stuff you can get at most Wal Marts or leather supply outfits. It comes in various colors. I cut the leather to proper length, soak it in warm water for an hour, then wrap it. The wet leather shrinks as it dries and snugs up on the stick. Then use brass colored small screws with finish washers to re-enforce the wrap (some people like silver).

          Not sure it is as durable as the paracord though...something to consider.
          Living among knives and fire.


          • #6
            Here is Lora's approach:
            Living among knives and fire.



            • #7
              If you use a separate loop, the finish of the whip is cleaner. Good for adze handles and storage on the middles of bow drills.
              I use #18 tarred nylon seine line. It's ever so slightly sticky so you don't need a death grip to help your striking accuracy.
              Same deal exactly for whipping the guides on a custom fishing rod.

              For a hiking stick, I'd do none of that, based on the off chance that I would want that stored line to be easily unwound.


              • #8
                Nice job on carving the ram's head, Joe! Looking forward to seeing the finished idea and very useful.
                Keep On Carvin'
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                • #9
                  That's a pretty piece Joe. Great work so far.



                  • #10
                    Looking good Joe! I do not know if this will be of any help? I have done a few sticks with this and I have liked the results.




                    • #11
                      What a nice idea for a stick JoeP, attractive and efficient. Well done.

                      Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.


                      • #12
                        Hi Joe, Boy do you ever have a Great looking Stick going for you. Not to get into the Conversation on what to use for a Wrap , but I always use 1/4 " Leather for a Very Simple Reason, ( I like it ) .I think this one of your Best Pieces so far. Welcome to Cane and Stick Making. Merle


                        • #13
                          Wow! That head looks awesome! Your son will be the classiest hunter in the woods!


                          • #14
                            Beautiful work, I love it. As to colors, look at this link.!#Post6902172


                            • #15
                              for your comments, all are be considered,
                              I understand the feeling for leather, I also have a warm spot for using it in a project, but I'm leaning more for the paracord for the simple reason "
                              Don't forget to consider the cord, whatever you use, as more than just decoration. The user may need that cord some day in the middle of nowhere." that Brian brought up and I believe it is a good point, you aren't usually hunting close to the hardware store.
                              Bill & Randy ~ thanks, for the website.

                              Again thanks for the comments. got to get this project done so I can get started on this year ornament exchange
                              Last edited by joepaulbutler; 09-30-2017, 02:58 PM.
                              . . .JoeB