olive wood lumber for cane blanks

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Forum topic by 1woodnoob posted 10-03-2017 05:27 PM 1163 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2017 05:27 PM

Hello everyone,
Is it possible or is it a good idea to use an olive wood lumber for a cane blank? I’ve looked everywhere and could not find any turned olive wood walking canes. Thanks

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#1 posted 10-03-2017 07:28 PM

Maybe wrong but Olive wood mostly used for handles and stick portion some other wood.

Only found 12” & 18” Olive wood spindle blanks so would have to piece together enough to make handle & stick. By time you glue blanks for length and width or buy hardware for joining sections together not sure worth the time & expense.

Good luck with though!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 12-20-2017 12:30 AM

I use anything I can get my hands on. I’ve even used corks. I just ran allthread down the middle and added a turned tip and a handle.

Currently, I have a four 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” pieces of redwood I’ll be turning into walking sticks and canes. The only time I run into problems with a given piece of wood is when I have knots. It’s one thing to have a knot at the handle, but another to have it in the middle or anywhere near it.

I run into a lot of wood too short for my walking sticks, but that’s why we learn to do mortises and tenons. I’ll be doing that with some acacia my brother gave me and, from what I’ve seen, it’s a lot like olive wood. Run the two words together on a search and you get several hits.

Another stick will be layered pieces of God only knows what. That is, 1/2”, contrasting pieces overlapping the ones on next to them. Rome has many road in an out, as they say.

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