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Project by mahdee posted 03-08-2019 02:47 AM 909 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I had this customer who runs an outfitter in the arctic in Canada. The walking sticks are over 7’ tall and they are used to create a distance between the guide and the polar bears in case of a close encounter. He said that due to the lack of humidity, most wood products virtually disintegrate within a year or so. My challenge was to make these sticks to withstand the severe dryness the environment in arctic presents. I used Contact cement combined with CA glue for the inlays and gave each stick about 12 coats of polyurethane before shipping it to him. As far as I know, so far, more than a year and half later the sticks are alive and well providing a safe distance between him and the 10’+ polar bears. He is supposed to let me know when these sticks will start to show wear so long as he maintain them with a coat of turtle wax car finish every week. I plan on doing an article on that when or if the finish relents. Isn’t it funny that most of our worried is the excessive humidity instead of lack thereof??

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leafherder

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#1 posted 03-08-2019 03:11 AM

Beautiful walking stick/ bear defense. Is that copper wire? How did you set that into the wood?

Interesting that arctic dryness disintegrates wood, but desert dryness seems to preserve it – was just watching a show about Egypt and the intact wooden boat they discovered in a tomb.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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mahdee

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#2 posted 03-08-2019 05:18 AM

Leafherder, when you get to areas that are 60 or 70 below, the moisture continuously evaporates and cause freeze burn much like your meat in a -10 freezer. The desert air still has a positive moisture as opposed to negative moisture (think dry ice). Yes, it is copper wire from household electric wires.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#3 posted 03-08-2019 05:29 AM

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That_Weird_Uncle

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#4 posted 03-08-2019 07:42 AM

Very cool, not many of get to craft a pole that will end up on a pole ;) nice work on the inlay too!

-- "The beatings will continue until the morale improves" --Grandpa

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#5 posted 03-08-2019 11:21 AM

Very interesting issue to work with. Very cool!!! Get it?

Great work

-- Travis, Virginia, www.facebook.com/CreativeWoodworksHybla

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#6 posted 03-08-2019 12:24 PM

awesome work !!

I am still trying to wrap my head around having just a 7’ stick
between you and a Polar Bear that can stand NINE FEET TALL !!!
you have to hold onto two feet of the stick firmy – thus leaving
just FIVE feet between you and your MaĆ®tre D’.

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-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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mahdee

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#7 posted 03-08-2019 02:19 PM

ThatWeirdUncle,Travis, thank you.
John, I know and from the pictures he sent he, the bears are always nearby and U suppose that is part of the tour. I believe he still carries a gun but most people who go for an arctic tour don’t want to see a polar bear shot for being “playful”.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#8 posted 03-08-2019 02:50 PM

These are beautiful. I hope they are never subjected to teeth marks.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mahdee

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#9 posted 03-08-2019 02:53 PM

Thank you WayneC.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#10 posted 03-08-2019 03:14 PM

He waxes his stick once a week? me too!

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mahdee

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#11 posted 03-08-2019 03:19 PM

Is this the LJ’s annual humor contest week??? LOL

-- earthartandfoods.com

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WayneC

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#12 posted 03-08-2019 04:06 PM

I think the frequency of the contest is actually hourly.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 03-08-2019 08:35 PM

Beautiful sticks, Mahdee! I had to go look at the first pictures again when I saw the last one. I thought they were random lines. Nope, whales (right?). Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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mahdee

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#14 posted 03-08-2019 10:42 PM

Hi Candy, yes the cherry stick is a bull whale?? apparently another arctic attraction. The walnut stick is a bear paw.
Thank you

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#15 posted 03-10-2019 12:14 PM

I have heard the saying ” tuff enough to go bear hunting with a switch”. He’s the real deal.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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