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    For many years I would fill the shop with sticks from trips to the woods to gather a supply. Sadly my stick hunting trips are for the most part history. The mind is willing but the rest not so much. There are not a lot of resources for buying cured or dried sticks in the US. “Kentucky Walking Stick” and “Treeline” in Utah are the ones I use most. I use dowels for many of my canes Mostly because I can get a wide variety if exotic woods in 1 inch dowels. “Bell Forest” Woods Is a good source for 36 inch dowels. They have a wide variety. You can special order longer dowels also. The 3 I buy most Padauk, Canerywood at about $10 each and Walnut at about $16. You can get other woods species that run $20 to $50 for special canes I sometimes buy on request. I have just found another supplier “Baird Brothers” They have doweling in length of 5 and 6 ft and up to 2 inch in diameter in a variety of woods. I have just order two 5 foot 1 ¼ inch hickory dowels for an order I have. I will let you know if they are good straight dowels. I hope this is of some help. I know there are not a lot of stick makers here and some of you may have local resources. Here other than your basic big box home stores and a couple of lumber stores all selling basic lumber products there is nothing with in hundreds of miles for stick making supplies.
    Last edited by Randy; 01-07-2019, 09:42 AM.
    Randy

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    Thanks for the good sources, Randy. I've been thinking about carving some canes, and pretty much decided I'd have to go with dowels. The only ones I've found locally that would do are red oak dowels at Home Depot, but I really didn't think that would be very attractive.

    Do you use basswood for the handles? I've seen some say it isn't strong enough for cane handles, others who say it does just fine.
    Arthur

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    • #3
      I checked them Baird Bros. online and the costs seem too high considering the setup costs and shipping, Randy...at least for me. Curious what your costs were in case I'm missing something?
      Bill
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      • #4
        Didn't see dowels at Bell Forest” Woods, Randy. How do I find them on their site? Also thanks for the sources.
        Bill
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        • #5
          Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
          Didn't see dowels at Bell Forest” Woods, Randy. How do I find them on their site? Also thanks for the sources.

          https://www.bellforestproducts.com/wood-dowels/
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          • #6

            Thanks and that gets me there.
            Bill
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            • #7
              Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
              I checked them Baird Bros. online and the costs seem too high considering the setup costs and shipping, Randy...at least for me. Curious what your costs were in case I'm missing something?
              I do not think here are any inexpensive exotic wood dowels Bill. I add the coast to the price of a cane or stick. and ask for that upfront.. I order a total of 7, 5 foot sticks @ about $18 each total. Two were for customers that paid 50% ,$40 each up front for their sticks. The two sticks full sales will pay for the other 5 with a small profit on the two. Now and then I make enough off a few cheaper or found wood sticks to get some exotic dowels to do some canes on spec or to give to Veterans. All seems to work out. I make enough to pay for my stick addiction. Most of the time.
              Last edited by Randy; 01-07-2019, 02:15 PM.
              Randy

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              • #8
                Arthur here is a site that might be of interest to you. I get a 1" oak dowel from the hardware store & use poplar for the handle. I'm always a little nervous about using the Derby type handle, regarding the possibility of breakage, I'm more of a topper type cane carver, not as comfortable, but safer.

                http://workshopcompanion.com/KnowHow...d_Strength.htm
                . . .JoeB

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Arthur C. View Post
                  Thanks for the good sources, Randy. I've been thinking about carving some canes, and pretty much decided I'd have to go with dowels. The only ones I've found locally that would do are red oak dowels at Home Depot, but I really didn't think that would be very attractive.

                  Do you use basswood for the handles? I've seen some say it isn't strong enough for cane handles, others who say it does just fine.
                  I only use basswood for a toppers as a rule. I do not know of any one who has had a basswood handle break on them. Just heard speculation of it happening. I prefer hardwood because the finished product just looks nice. They will hold up better when dropped also.
                  Last edited by Randy; 01-07-2019, 10:19 PM.
                  Randy

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                  • #10
                    Fine Randy and thanks, and the costs you mention seem reasonable. I'll pursue this further.
                    Bill
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                    • #11
                      I'm confused, Rany which I do very easily. The "Baird" place charges a $35 set up fee for even 3 ft. dowels. The cost for even pine is 35 plus the stick costs plus the shipping...total is high. So, what am I missing???
                      Bill
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                        I'm confused, Rany which I do very easily. The "Baird" place charges a $35 set up fee for even 3 ft. dowels. The cost for even pine is 35 plus the stick costs plus the shipping...total is high. So, what am I missing???
                        Hickory 1" Dowel Rod - DR1
                        1
                        DR1-HIC-60
                        Length: 5 Foot Length
                        Finish: Unfinished
                        $12.21 Each 5 $61.05
                        Hickory 1-1/4" Dowel Rod - DR114
                        2
                        DR114-HIC-60
                        Length: 5 Foot Length
                        Finish: Unfinished
                        $20.10 Each 2 $40.20
                        Subtotal: $101.25 Thanks again for shopping with us!
                        Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods
                        Shipping and Handling: $30.19
                        Discounts: $0.00
                        Tax: $0.00
                        Total: $131.44
                        $18.77 per stick This was my cost Bill.
                        Randy

                        WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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                        • #13
                          Thanks a bunch, Randy and was only putting in a quantity of 1. Sometimes I'm a little slow. With the quantity, it seems like a great deal. Please do post your experiences.
                          Bill
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                          • #14
                            The hickory dowel stick I had ordered came today. I am very pleased. Good clean wood. Dowels are straight and smooth finished sanding. Now I have to go to work.
                            Randy

                            WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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                            • #15
                              Great news, Randy. That is the one from "Baird?"
                              Bill
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