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I did this for a relative that is having knee surgery. First thing I've done for quite a while. Sort of an Irish walking stick made of oak. I was in a hurry so I forgot to take pics in the early stages. This oak seems to be a white oak hybrid. It has an odd growth pattern almost like hornbeam. Found it in my back lot about 2 years ago, been drying ever since.
 

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That looks great has that Irish stick look indeed.
 

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It has maybe 8 or so ridges that run from a little above the root all the way to the top in a long slow twist. Not caused by vines, I'm not sure what caused the twist. Others nearby have the ridges but they run more or less straight up and down the trunk.
 

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Well done alador!
 

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Thanks Guys. I have to say, after giving this one a walk test, it's probably my favorite stick I've done. And it goes in the mail as soon as I can get it packed up.

LilysDad--For coloring I use Fiebings leather dye. I just did two coats of dye and topped it with Spar Varnish. Had I remembered how long Spar Varnish takes to cure I would have gone another way though. Sorta pressed for time on this one.
 

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Blackened shank gives a great look to the piece. :thumbsu:
 

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I've had good news. The recipient of this stick had his surgery and is doing fine, he also is quite taken with the stick. He ran into someone who imports items from Ireland and they asked where he ordered his shillelagh. I was pleased it passed muster as authentic. Now I'm scouring the woods for another piece of oak like that one, or I will be once this huge snow storm passes.
 
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