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Location: Avon MN (Lake Wobegon)

I have enjoyed woodworking since I was a kid. Only in the past 4-5 years have I made time to doevote more time to it.

I started making walking sticks from "found" wood from along the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail located in Central MN. The trail is named after the mythical town created by Garrison Keillor for his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show. The show is broadcast weekly National Public Radio.

I make walking sticks and canes from all kinds of wood such as Red Oak, White Oak, Diamond Willow, Aspen, Maple, Tamarack, Cherry, Pine, Ash, Summac, etc. whatever I can find.

-- Stickman Cliff

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#1 posted 01-28-2008 08:10 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 01-28-2008 08:31 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 01-28-2008 08:33 PM

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an interesting experience. How about posting some pictures of your walking sticks. I have never actually made one- just picked up an available branch along the way.
Obviously I never took any of these back with me. It would be interesting to see your projects.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-28-2008 08:43 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-28-2008 11:30 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 12:01 AM

Welcome,,,,,,Have fun, its a blast here!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 01-29-2008 12:17 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-29-2008 02:54 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Step on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 06:15 PM

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 01-31-2008 08:53 AM

Thanks for the kind words! I am looking forward to experiencing this website. It sounds and looks like a very interesting place.

Here’s answers to a couple questions:

Larger pics… I haven’t quite got the hang of using my digital camera to take close up pics but I will keep trying to get better.

Finish on sticks…. I use a two part expoxy finish.

Favorite wood??? Don’t have one … I like to use whatever I find while walking on the trails in the area where I live and from local wood lots. I have been surprised by the beautiful finished product I get with aspen. Of course, diamond willow is always fun to work with too. I was surprised also with Tamarack or Larch which is plentiful in my area. I especially like it because you can find lots of nice straight sticks. Maple and oak are nice too. Sumac has also been a surprise with the green tint to the wood’s natural color.

Length of sticks??? I use the same method used to size ski poles which is to make the stick long enough to fit comfortably under your armpit. This is a very general mearsurement method. It really is up to each individual user to decide what is the best length for them. It needs to be comfortable. I use different lengths myself. I find the longer the stick the longer my stride is so a longer stick makes me walk at a faster pace.

Thanks again for your comments. I will be posting more pics over the next few weeks.

-- Stickman Cliff

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#11 posted 01-31-2008 09:07 AM

FYI… I belong to the Avon Area Arts group here in Avon MN. We are putting together a wood arts event the weekend of March 29th. This group is trying to create venues and opportunities for artists and fine craft wood workers to showcase and sell their products.

I am looking for any suggestion people have to help us put together an event that will provide a good experience for both the folks showing their work and those attending the event. We haven’t finalize the format for the envet but we need to with the next week.

I would appreciate any suggestions or experiences you could share.

We are currently trying to decide how many participants/artists/woodworkers we should plan to invite to participate. We have debated keeping the numberr low and focused on high quality or more selective types of pieces. We also have discussed just opening it up to anyone who wants to participate

Another issue is do we charge for people to show their work or not?

Do we charge an admission fee?

We don’t have unlimited funds but we want to advertise the event and promote it as much as we can to encourage people to share their work and learn from each other.

Should we use a space available in a local restaurant that is used for wedding receptions and large meetings.

We also have a more unique venue that is a log building used as an archery target range with a wood stove and a very unique character. It is quite a bit smaller than the restaurant space.

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated…. I would also invite anyone located withing a 30 mile radius of Avon MN to contact me if they are interested in participating in the event.

See you on the web…. Stickman Cliff from Lake Wobegon MN!

-- Stickman Cliff

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#12 posted 02-19-2008 02:56 PM


from ”DA RANGE”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 01-23-2010 04:19 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for your posts and projects.

-- Gary D.

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#14 posted 04-05-2012 12:28 AM

Sorry I haven’t been on lumberjocks for awhile.

I wanted to let you know about a wood art show I am sponsoring in Avon MN. It’s called the 2012 Avon Hills Wood Art Show.

The show is on Saturday april 14th from9am to 4pm at Tischler Wood at 401 Blattner Drive Avon MN.

I currently have 10 people signed up for the show and I have openings for a few more. I hope to have 200-400 people attending the show. I did a similar show in 2008 at the same location but it was a two day show and we had just under 400 people at the show. I could make it work again with the non profit I worked with before so I decided to just do it myself.

If you’re interested contact me at [email protected] or check out 2012 Avon Hills Wood Art Show on facebook for more information.

Registration form and Invitation to participate and Poster

-- Stickman Cliff

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