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    Hello all,

    So, here goes.
    I'm looking to carve a walking staff. So I need a blank about 2 to 3 inches in diameter, and 4 feet long.
    I'm located in Ontario, Canada and need a source for this material.
    Thus far my online searches have only found the standard wooden dowels home depot sells.

    Any advice would be awesome!
    Thank you in advance,


  • #2
    Hi Dalziel, as I mentioned in the other thread, check out your local building supply center, and pick up a piece of Maple, Oak, Cherry or whatever, 2" x 2" , or two pieces of 1" x 2" and glue them together. Works like a charm. For a topper, I like to use Cherry for mine, a nice wood to carve and holds detail well, and carves easier than Maple or Oak. Being in Ontario you should have no problem sourcing wood, plenty of suppliers up your way. Ask around.

    Best of luck

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


    • #3
      Might also check fo wooden closet clothing rods
      . . .JoeB


      • #4
        As mentioned in the other thread, wood closet poles work and they are usually pine/fir and most come from Western Canada. Some are easier to carve than others though...
        Living among knives and fire.


        • #5
          Check out or They carry all kind of walking sticks.
          Keep On Carvin'
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          • #6
            A drive in the country? I used to get all my walking stick and cane blanks from Tennessee. Brought back a couple every trip. As long as I didn't venture onto someone's obvious private property no one ever questioned me. Open utility right-of-ways usually have lots of small trees. Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers used to sell a 4-foot basswood cane blank when they were still in business. The bottom could be cut off for the desired height and the top had a 3" x 3" x 6" area to go crazy and carve what ever you wanted on it. Greg Dorrance took over most of SMWC's stock but I've yet to see them advertise that blank. If anyone reading this knows of a source I'd like to also know. You can also find 2"-3" x 48" ash, mahogany, and oak dowel rods on line but I woul;d imagine that the source would have to be up in Canada for any of them to be feasible, price wise.