Custom Walking Stick: For Pre-Revolutionary War Reenactment

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Project by mmh posted 08-24-2009 07:09 AM 7757 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walking stick that I made for a friend who participates in Pre-Revolutionary War Reenactment activities. She is pictured here in full costume authentic to the era, as is her husband and friend. Her husband poses as an officer and as the wife of an officer, she would have the monies and influence of sporting higher fashion than the wives of non-officers. The walking stick would be used not only as a walking aide, but also as a status and may be made from exotic woods from Europe, Africa or Asia. This style of walking stick is also very tall, 56 inches , as it would be used to ascend and descend carriages, which have 5 ft. tall wheels and can be quite shaky and unstable, especially when dressed in finery.

The shaft is made of American Cherry that was shaped using traditional tools, spoke shaves and a shaving mule. The top fob is made from Afromosia and was turned on a lathe.

This campsite was a special event on the grounds of the Mount Vernon Farm in Virginia. The event was quite impressive, as whole families would dress in costume and participate to era accurate activities. Vendors would only sell appropriate wares of that time and everyone seemed to be having a good time. There were no electronic gizmos to distract, except for the cameras of the onlookers, it was a glimpse into a bygone era.

Comments and inquires are welcome. For more of my work please visit: .

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 07:17 AM

Nice stick. I like the wood choices, they compliment each other very well. I always wondered how often women fell out of wagons and such with those long dress and petticoats. I have trouble getting out of the car in a long dress and it’s close to the ground!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 07:27 AM


Beautiful Cane and quite a departure from your “normal” work.

I’ll bet the ladies of that era would have had no trouble using it for protection, as well.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 07:37 AM

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#4 posted 08-24-2009 09:38 AM

Very impressive and unusual cane. Such types of canes but rustic are used here by villagers living in the mountainous region to climb the steeps.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 03:11 PM

Melllie; A great looking walking stick. Beautiful job.

-- 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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#6 posted 08-24-2009 04:52 PM

Meilie great looking walking stick! I would love to have one of these when I go Hiking.

Great job!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 09:55 PM

Very nice! Looks ” old timey ”, but would not be surprised to see a come back. Great job!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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