These Sticks Are Made for Walking

In preparation for hiking in Colorado, I decided to put some work into walking sticks. I had picked up one stick in Colorado last year. The other one is from Texas. I believe both are oak. Unfortunately, I don’t have any “before” pics, but a stick is a stick, so I doubt any are necessary.

Last year I had already added calk to the stick from Colorado, as there were some cracks in it. Before that I had sanded it down. This time I wanted to add some English Walnut stain and to seal the wood with some urethane. The different tones in the sticks reflect the wood.

Then I added some leather strapping for aesthetic effect. I used the sealant spray on the leather, too. These are not handles.

I finally added rubber feat. I bought table feat from Walmart. Since they were too small, I sawed off all but the bottom surfaces. I then screwed them in, added glue for reinforcement. Then came the electrical tape. Sure, it isn’t the prettiest result, but I think the feat will hold firmly. I can always add more tape later.

I think these will make for sturdy walking sticks in San Juan National Forest (part of the Rockies). I won’t bring my pipe on the hikes. Colorado doesn’t need anymore fires.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Arau says:

    Next time you’re in WA I’ll set you up with a nice piece of madronna.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      Had to look that up. Amazing trees!

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  2. Michael Arau says:

    Strange wood. Bendy, flexy until you cut it. Then it’s as hard as a rock.

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  3. Bill M says:

    Nice thing about walking sticks. One can personalize their own in just whatever way they please and they are always interesting.

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