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First attempt at a root ball bamboo hiking stick. Extra long for those PNW downhills.

I grew up with this sort of ornamental bamboo (not sure the subspecies). If cured gently and out of the sun, it maintains some of its green color for a good while. This culm was lightly tempered with a heat gun rather than a torch to maintain the effect.

Stabilized ends, tung oil finish. Tip is a 3/4 copper coupling + artificial cork + 3/4 rubber cane tip.
 

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First attempt? Jeez,I can't wait to see what you do with them after some more experience! Seriously though, it's an awesome stick! I love bamboo root balls, I really don't see many anymore.
 

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I just saw a two section stick with a knob like that on eBay. They called it a Japanese fishing pole.
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone. LilysDad that's quite an idea as the root end would make a great hand hold, though I wouldn't trust dry bamboo as a fishing rod unless it was composite like standard bamboo rods.
 
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