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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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

Great work
 

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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 Maître D'.

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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".
 

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

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

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I think the frequency of the contest is actually hourly.
 

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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.
 

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

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Interesting saying bubbaw haven't heard it before.
 

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That is beautiful. Now that you're doing it with walking sticks, you could totally start to put in such stones on all your other works too like embellishments! I reckon people are going to s tart requesting for all sorts of different things now seeing that you do stuff like this with your woodwork now!
 

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Thank you Michael. Appreciate the complements.
 

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That is beautiful. Now that you're doing it with walking sticks, you could totally start to put in such stones on all your other works too like embellishments! I reckon people are going to s tart requesting for all sorts of different things now seeing that you do stuff like this with your woodwork now!
 

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Thank you Michael. I have been using stones and copper inlay for several years now and most customers appreciate the look.
 
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