Well, it's almost that time of year when @farm-mom and I take a break from the winter weather and head south.
For the past three years, we have gotten out of town on the @26th of January and return to the farm the first week in March. For those of you who know us, the beginning of March is Maple syrup time, and we wouldn't miss that.
This year we will be leaving a couple of days earlier so that we can stop and see all of our children before heading to warmer weather.
For the past three years, I have made a new walking stick to bring along. With the departure date rapidly approaching, it was time to get busy making this year's model.
So it's off to the shop I go.
With having just trimmed all of the trees, the hardest job of all was picking the right branch for the walking stick. I decided on a Black Cherry branch that had a nice curve to it.
Having been back in Jersey last week, I stopped by the shop to pick up our draw knife. Usually, I just whittle away with my pocket knife, but by using the drawknife I was able to save hours of time on this step.
What would have taken 15 - 20 minutes was done in one pass of the drawknife.
Using the drawknife can be a little tricky. Position the knife with too much of an angle and you'll take out big chunks of the wood. Position it with not enough angle and the blade will not remove the bark.
After taking the bark off of 200 half logs, for a customer who was repairing an old log cabin, I got this s--t down
While my son @ryan313 was visiting this past weekend, he decided to start making a walking stick for himself.
In this action shot, you can barely make out the knife as it glides over the stick.
There are a lot of nice features on the handle end of his stick.
With most of the bark removed, the area where a couple of branches were cut back will have to be carved with a pocket knife.
Touching up some rough spots on the stick was not a problem. Using a rotary sander, and starting with a 60 grit paper and finishing up with a 120 grit paper, the wood ended up as smooth as a baby's backside.
After applying a cherry stain, I wrapped the handle with a leather lace. The leather lacing will keep my hand from slipping while walking.
If you are ever in the need for any leather products at all, Tandy Leather is the place.
Here is an assortment of sticks that I collected, and I'll be making walking sticks for some other family members who said, " Dad, can you make me one?" That ain't a problem, they'll just have to wait until we get back from our road trip.