Theese are some of the first couple of sticks I made earlier this year and my great-grandfather's cane. I wanted something easy to make and that I wouldn't mind if it got scratched up or muddy going through the woods. The first one is beech with black walnut and a thin slice of English walnut on top. I was going to cut the limb off but decided to leave it on so I can hang it on a nail or peg. It also makes a handy backscratcher for those hard to reach areas! The middle one is maple with a thin slice of walnut for a cap on top. For the tip I used the brass from a shotgun shell. I know it's thin brass but spent shotgun shells are plentyful if I'd need to replace them. I put on several coats of BLO and a paste wax I made by mixing equal parts of beeswax and olive oil.
The cane and chair were made from red oak by my great-grandfather. I'm not sure when but it was before World War 2. Both have been used by four generations now almost every day since being made.
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