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    I have Brazos Walking Sticks company near me and I can buy sticks from them in various species of wood. Desert Willow, Sassafras, Hickory, Beech are some of them.
    I would like to carve a walking stick, never done it before. What is a good wood for me to start out with? I have one of their canes from crooked beech root.
    I thought of going to Home Depot and getting a 1.5in square piece of their "white wood" which I think is pine, turning it round on the lathe and practicing on that or getting a stick of something from
    Brazos Walking Sticks and see what happens. I use hand tools and power carving tools.
    Some of you stick carvers give me some help on the subject please. Thanks

  • #2
    If your going to Home Depot, you might look for a closet rod, save you from having to turn your wood
    . . .JoeB


    • #3
      Thanks JoeB. I might try that.


      • #4
        Yep closet poles are excellent for walking sticks and you can get them at very long lengths...12 ft. I use the local hardware store so don't know about the Home Depot.

        The ones here are either fir or pine and actually come from Canada. Inexpensive also.
        Living among knives and fire.


        • #5
          Thanks Bill.


          • #6
            I wouldn't recommend Hickory as a good carving wood. It is a very tough wood to carve green or dry.
            'If it wasn't for caffeine, I wouldn't have any personality at all!"



            • #7
              Most of my canes and walking sticks are made with Cherry. It has the best weight and hardness ratio for me and holds detail well, and isn't too difficult to carve. It has plenty of strength for the user and wouldn't fail if relied upon. I some times use Maple for shafts, or Oak, as well as some exotic hardwoods, but Cherry is my go to wood for tops.

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


              • #8
                I like to use Diamond Willow because it has good Eye Appeal , nice to work with , reasonable priced , has a irregular Diamonds to challenge your imagination . It is very forgiving on how you carve it , still comes out nice. I get mine from Atasca Wood Products. They remove the Bark and that's a big plus . Tell them the length you want and they will send it to you. I get 4' lengths for my Sticks . That's my Story and I'm STICKING with it . Sorry , Ha,Ha. Merle


                • #9
                  Thank you all for your replies. Merle, I like the looks of
                  Diamond Willow also I can get that here when they have it in stock.


                  • #10
                    RayV: If you can save a little coin for later, hold out until you can score a piece of diamond willow.
                    Huge amount of surface finishing work and sanding. You can spot them a block away.

                    Diamond willow canes are certain conversation starters, just about anywhere, any time.
                    I now have 3 very highly figured ones, debarked, dried, knots cleaned, deeply sanded and varnished.
                    MinWax Tung Oil Protective Finish, 4 coats for glossy wet-looking.

                    They are made here in a rustic furniture shop down my street, 50 canes at a time.
                    Mine all have big fat handles to lean on as my sense of balance is kinda, sorta hooped!
                    Brian T


                    • #11
                      I've carved Sassafras before and it carves very well, and I understand that it makes for a very strong walking stick.
                      Keep On Carvin'
                      Bob K.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for all the replies.