Walk softly, carry this.

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Project by ToddHolmDotCom posted 09-25-2014 05:12 PM 1351 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I work at Marine Corps Base Quantico with the Expeditionary Warfare School but I am not a Marine. However I do get requests from them from time to time to make things (you can see some of my previous posts if you are interested). Usually it’s something like a plaque or a ship’s wheel or wooden replicas of ammunition or things like that. So I was a little surprised when the Colonel approached me and asked for “a big stick.” But it is an easy project and he is the Colonel so I said sure. In the spirit of Roosevelt’s “walk softly and carry a big stick” approach to international diplomacy the Colonel now has his very own big stick and he couldn’t be happier.

The wood is a small oak sapling that was behind my shop that needed to be removed anyway. The stick is just under 36 inches long because that is what my lathe can handle. I engraved it with my CNC engraver but since it is a small CNC I had to cut a section out of the side to get it down to a thickness I could engrave properly, but I like the effect. I darkened the wood a little with some left over walnut stain. The officers here love it and say it has a real “Bam Bam” quality to it. Fred Flintstone would be proud.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 07:53 AM

I like it !!

When I was at Boeing I had a “Green Engineer Trainer” similar role, but not as well finished as your example.

-- Regards Rob

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