Simple Ash Walking Stick

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Project by leafherder posted 11-05-2018 08:54 PM 1303 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks,

Allow me to present a simple walking stick, made from Ash. It is 62.5 inches tall and tapers from 1.25 inch diameter at the top to .75 inch diameter at the bottom. It was a pretty straight sapling but a slight curve near the bottom gives the walking stick a bit of a springy quality.

Normally I do not stain my canes and walking sticks, but since the wood was so straight and pale, I decided to try it with this one. I’m not entirely satisfied with the results as the picture and name on the label implied something darker than what were produced – it actually ended up looking orange. I sanded off part of the stain and adding the spray-on satin poly helped to turn the orange into a more muted pinkish-amber color. Live and learn.

Sorry the two pictures of the full stick are at an angle, it was the only way to get the full length in the frame.

Comments, criticisms, and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking,


-- Leafherder

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#1 posted 11-05-2018 08:56 PM

Seeing it on the screen – the color is very accurate to what it looks like in person – kind of pinkish.

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 11-05-2018 09:28 PM

That would qualify for a combat stick (kali). Maybe a female will be interested in it; or a male looking for a fight!!


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#3 posted 11-05-2018 11:02 PM

Thanks mahdee, a friend of mine compared it to a Bo Staff (Japanese Martial Arts), but said it needed to be the same diameter top to bottom for better balance when fighting.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 11-05-2018 11:52 PM

You might call this a “simple” walking stick, but getting that nice smooth finish is anything but simple. If anyone doubts this, all they have to do is try to match it. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 11-06-2018 12:07 AM

Well done, a very nice piece of conversation . I will call that , a walking stick, since I would not fight anybody.
There is someting magical working with something natural.

-- andrek

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#6 posted 11-06-2018 01:29 AM

Looks good to me.

Used to pick up any longer fell branch in the pasture and use it as a walking stick; while bringing the milk cows to the barn. Then; as this was before REA came our way, the “walking” stick was broken up to stove length pieces and cooked supper.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 11-06-2018 03:17 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Druid John, I do not mind all the sanding it took to get that smooth finish – I find it quite relaxing. The difficult part was applying the spray poly – just as I was ready to our weather turned from 80s and sunny to 50s and rainy (literally overnight), added days to the drying time between coats.

Andrek, I intend it for use as a peaceful walking stick and would not start a fight with anyone, although if attacked it might provide some defense.

Ralbuck, My neighbors have an Ash tree which drops its seeds into my yard, I let them grow until they are big enough to use as canes or walking sticks, no fallen branches here. No fireplace or wood burning cook stove, so the stock of canes on my drying rack is safe from fire.

Have a great week everyone.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 11-06-2018 08:22 PM

Nice one, John

cheers,, Jim

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

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#9 posted 11-07-2018 12:24 AM

Thanks Jim,

Happy to report that this stick has been adopted by a co-worker who enjoys camping.


-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 11-07-2018 11:23 PM

Great looking stick!
I love ash for sticks and canes. Around here the ash has a smooth greenish grey bark when it’s young. I like to leave it on when I can.
I’m hoping to get more of it this winter.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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#11 posted 11-08-2018 12:03 AM

Thanks Rodney,

This Ash had grey bark, probably a different species than what grows in your area. Around here Ash is very easy to find right now because the Emerald Ash Borer is killing so many of the trees. Two neighboring cities actually brought in carvers to turn some of the dead trees into sculptures for their parks. Not sure how long it will be until my trees are invaded by the insects. Sad to think these beautiful trees might go the way of the Elms and Chestnuts.

-- Leafherder

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