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Project by Stephen Mines posted 04-13-2012 04:07 AM 3456 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a batch (18) of 64” hiking sticks. It’s the first time I’ve made a two part stick in quite a while . . . but shipping regs and costs prompted the two parts. I dusted off the mandrels and stuff that I used years ago for making cue sticks (dusted off the memories too!). Also it’s the first time I’ve added a salute above the handpiece, and couldn’t resist piercing it, for the look and gasp appeal. The four columns that hold up the top look kind of fragile but they really aren’t…I have a whole lot of respect for this Hickory wood, super strong! I’ve worked with T6 aluminum before (on my magic wands) so used that material for the bling(s): interchangeable ice foot/ground foot, the joint collar between the handpiece and shaft and the Scottish Thistle on top of the salute. First time I’ve ever ‘knurled’ a part…kind of fun and practical too for the changeing of parts on the trail. The shaft is prox 49”, tapered two lead rope twist, one that I’ve found very appealing to most all folks. I used 2.5” X 3/8-18 machine/lag hanger bolts for the joint, the bolt mounted permanently in the shaft, screwing into a threaded insert in the handle. The foot and top parts screw onto 1/4-20 machine/lag hangers. The bottom ferrule is distinct from the feet and is epoxied onto the shaft. The design idea was to mount the foot of choice on the shaft end, the other being attached at the top as decoration/storage, depending on conditions. The actual contact tip for ice is a 1/2” hardened steel point (for powder actuated guns)...designed to be shot into steel, I think it’ll last OK on ice! The addition of a rubber tip may spoil the sleek look a bit, but makes the stick floor friendly indoors…and it slips right over the ice foot so wnter hikers can nip indoors for a cuppa without being yelled at. I added a strip of that space age reflectorized tape for safety and (yeah) to take the curse off of the look. All of the fun work is done on the whole batch, just boring sanding/finishing chores to do as they sell, which they promise to do. I put one on eBay, auction with a Buy It Now price and three days after the auction started it was bought. Yea! These hiking sticks help keep the wolf away in more ways than one!

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 08:04 AM

Beautiful Work my Friend,,,

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 09:46 AM

Nice walking stick. Your ebay listings look very professional and your walking sticks should go quickly. You should have used Moondoggie as your LJ handle. And the picture of you in uniform as your photo. LOL After browsing your ebay listings I couldn’t help it. I’m impressed, you’ve had some great life experiences. I also like your shop tools. Your lathes are way above average. One of the projects I’ve been thinking about is adding a horizontal router table with a lot of adjustments to my lathe. My big router machine (5 axis gunstock duplicator) is like a very slow turning lathe with a router cutting doing the cutting.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 12:11 PM

Having had the pleasure of being inside Stevens shop and seeing his amazing work, I’m still in awe of his work. He is one of the most talented persons I have ever meet.

-- Billp

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 01:44 PM

You have me stunned with your designs. You create some amazing pieces.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 11:50 PM

That’s sweet! I’d say good luck but, you won’t need luck with those…..........Very cool…...............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 04-14-2012 11:08 PM

Thats a fine piece of work Stephen, very smooth line & easy on the eye, well done :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 01-25-2015 06:32 PM

Those are so cool. Nice work Stephen.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 01-26-2015 02:34 PM

Thanks everyone! Glad you like. Regards, Stephen

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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