THE VINE TWISTED WALKING STICK
In a week of searching the remote back woods I may find 2 that meet my requirements for a walking stick. The vine twisted saplings that I choose for a walking stick are very rare and hard to find. First and foremost, it must be a hardwood such as Oak, Ash, Walnut, Wild Cherry or Hickory and wrapped with a honeysuckle vine; nothing else counts and I leave it in the woods. They have to be large enough to be sturdy but not so large as to add unnecessary weight when on a long walk. The walking stick has to have prominent spirals yet with spacing that allows for a good grip for a wide range of people. Once the stick has been selected it is allowed to dry naturally for two to three months. Then the real work begins. All of my walking sticks are stripped, filed, sanded, stained, oiled and finished by hand. When possible some of the honeysuckle vine is left on the walking stick but in most cases it must be removed and the channel it created thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
FOUR CATAGORIES OF WALKING STICKS!
The LONG WALKER is the classic walking stick and is the standard to measure all others. Ranging from 48" to 60" in length they are always ready for a long haul.
The STREET WALKER is a short walking stick, 36" to 46" and easy to handle in traffic.
The COMBAT WALKER is a heavy walking stick. The length can range from 54" to 62" and is always Oak or Hickory. When you hold one you’ll know why I call them COMBAT WALKERS.
The WIZARD WALKER is a long walking stick, usually 62" to 80". Gandalf would be envious.
THE VINE TWISTED LAMP
The process with the vine twisted lamp is pretty much the same as with the walking stick with one major exception. Since the lamps will not be under the same potential stress as the walking sticks I can use a wider variety of wood. Though most are Oak, Ash, Walnut, Wild Cherry or Hickory the object here is to produce a peace with large natural spirals and a beautiful wood grain pattern.
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