Ugly Stick

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Project by Mary Anne posted 11-14-2010 09:24 PM 3049 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Great for walkin’ or whoopin’ if the necessity arises.

It is not as ugly as I thought it would be, but not as nice as it should be, either. Mostly because I hurried. My lathe work could have been quite a bit neater and crisper, but it doesn’t look too bad from a distance… or if you look in the distance in these photos instead of the details. :)

Walnut and hard maple. The handle was turned in two pieces. The shaft part of the handle has long tenons on each end epoxied into holes I drilled into the handle and shaft. It was a fun ‘do it in a day’ project that I am sure I will do again soon… only better.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-14-2010 09:30 PM

I dont think it is ugly.
It is different and if you put a dozen different ones together.
It will be picked by someone who will treasure it.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-14-2010 09:44 PM

not sure why you think it i ugly.
Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 11-14-2010 09:51 PM

Very nice Ugly stick MA!! AS far a whoopin as teh need arises, yoiu might post a link in teh shop security thread :-))

BTW, NC look a lot better than i ever imagined.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-14-2010 09:55 PM

Looks pretty dang good to me.. You know the saying .”the devil’s in the details”
BUT! Your the one who knows the details and we don’t see them.
Great piece !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 11-14-2010 09:57 PM

look’s OK to me
but i’m not a big fan of turned work

sure it’s not a pipe
like they had before
the bongs lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 10:41 PM

Very nice Mary Anne very nice view also.

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#7 posted 11-14-2010 11:09 PM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… looks beautiful from here… and so does the background!’

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 11-14-2010 11:25 PM

You posted the wrong stick – I think the ugly one must still be behind you. This one looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 11-14-2010 11:36 PM

You could be prosecuted under the trades description act in the UK Mary Anne there’s nothing ugly about it I think it turned out great, a thing of beauty
God bless

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 11-14-2010 11:53 PM

Not a bad “ugly stick”, especially for a first. I like the way you designed the shaft and how it tapers a bit going into the handle. You may want to try some non-lathe techniques for the handle, add a few more ergonomic curves that fit the hand nicely. Otherwise, a nice piece, especially with that view!

-- "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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#11 posted 11-15-2010 12:09 AM

Hey that’s not ugly! Nice job on that walking stick.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-15-2010 12:16 AM

As far as a walking stick, I say it is first rate.

I am still woried about that whoopin. I probably deserve it, but you got to catch me first.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 11-15-2010 12:27 AM

The stick looks great! And the view looks like heaven to me.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 11-15-2010 01:13 AM

Ditto the other remarks… Great job on your first walking stick!


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Mary Anne

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#15 posted 11-15-2010 01:25 AM

Well, my strategy worked… y’all looked at the view instead of studying the cane! :)
Thank you for your kind comments.

I guess the colorful phrase, “Whooped with an ugly stick” is not as common as I thought.qq

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