An educational walking staff.

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Project by mahdee posted 06-08-2016 12:56 AM 1191 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys and gals,
This walking staff called “pilgrim walking staff” is an educational piece for a Catholic church. It originated in Spain and there are very few descriptions of it on the net. I did google the types of tree that grow there and oak was one of them and I had one 4X4 piece of white oak leftover from building my house in 1986 which was utilized to make this staff with. Since it was for educational purposes it was made in three pieces so it could travel without it getting damaged as it is over 6’ tall. The hardest part for me was to align the grain and keep it straight. It has an inch or so wobble to it. It was made on an old 1980’s Sears tube lathe.
Thanks for looking and any suggestions as to how I could have prevented the wobble would be great.


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#1 posted 06-08-2016 03:27 AM

It looks very nice Mahdee,well in proportion, look like a single solid piece although it was done in 3 sections.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 04:10 AM

Thanks Ken. It was fun to make and I learned something new.


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#3 posted 06-08-2016 01:33 PM

Beautiful staff, Mahdee! Did you fabricate the unions between the pieces? Are they friction fit or threaded? Sounds like you have the same type of lathe we have. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 06-08-2016 02:57 PM

Hi Candy and thank you,
The second piece partially goes inside the top part as it is screwed in. All the pictures I could find on pilgrim sticks (like 3) don’t have any additional decorations past the area where the staff is held by hand. So, the 2nd and third piece screw together flat. The brass threads are like pool stick connectors which I ended up ordering from a machinist in Hawaii.


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