49 Carrot Hiking Stick

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Project by knottysticks posted 03-06-2010 01:57 AM 6263 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my favorite diamond willow hiking stick. It hangs on the wall in our kitchen [did I mention I have a tolerant wife], I can’t bring myself to use it in the bush – yet. This was hand shaped on and off over a period of 6 months. Across the sticks 58 inch length are 49 diamonds , the centre of nearly every diamond has a small hole/tunnel thru to the centre of a diamond on the other side of the stick. Initially I threaded leather lacing up thru all these holes but I soon realized that this was way too much and the stick looked as though it had grown fur. The stick was close to 3 inchs around at the start and too large and heavy to use as a hiking staff. So I removed as much wood a possible bringing the diameter down to around 1 to 1 1/2 inch. On diamond willow the live sapwood grows proud , in long narrow ridges up the branch between the diamonds , to feed the upper areas of the branch. These raised ridges of live [white] sapwood try to out grow the death thats happening up inside it’s diseased centre . Which is why the wood becomes so lumpy and twisted . I carved out these ridges , reversing the shape to make it smaller and lighter. So instead of raised rigdes there now are deep groves running the length of the shaft. The bottom has a 12 guage shotgun hull mounted to protect the tip. Finished with 12 coats of danish oil.

Wood – Diamond Willow
Leather wrist strap w/ a Jack Pine Cone [ or Dragon’s claw as the kids call it]
Tip – 12 guage shotgun hull
Finish – Danish oil

Thank you for your interest.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 02:26 AM

We can only enchance what mother nature provides. I think you did well

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 03:05 AM

Very nicely done! I really like your finish. It really enhances the beauty of the wood. So many people do diamond willow in the super thick high gloss. I’m not a fan of that.

I’ve got a diamond willow “stick” that’s probably 4” in diameter and over 8’ tall. I’m not sure what to do with it. I’d like to trim it down and make it into a floor lamp and possibly one or two table lamps. I haven’t counted the diamonds, but there’s nowhere to cut it without hitting one. For now it’s sitting in the basement until I decide what to do with it.

-- Tony -

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 03:29 AM

i love diamond willow also..this si quite the stick you have found…great job in cleaning it up and making it look its best…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 05:07 AM

This brings back memories from when I was kid and my brother and I would go out hunting for Diamond Willow sticks. He always found the better looking sticks! I remember that he made a floor lamp with a huge diamond on one side that took up about a third of the 4’ length and was more than 3/4 deep of the 4” diameter the post was. I have no idea what happened to it.

Thank you for bringing back pleasant memories and yes I liked your walking stick very much!


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 07:17 AM

Sometimes I wonder if when I die, my legbones won’t look like that inside :)

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 01:13 PM

beautifully crafted

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 03:08 PM

Very nice. This is a very interesting wood.

I was commissioned to make a cross for a church out of a couple of pieces of diamond willow. That came out pretty nice. Now I have a very curved pieced of diamond willow that I received as a gift and I have no idea what to do with it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 04:11 PM

Where does one find diamond willow?
I’d like to make a stick like that, too.

Nicely done!


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#11 posted 05-28-2011 12:20 AM

Now thats one nice stick!

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#13 posted 08-04-2014 11:32 PM

Thanks SundnR, but mother nature did most of the work – gary

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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