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Good Morning All,

Firstly I would like to say hello to all on this forum, I have been playing about over the last 5 years or so making walking sticks from mainly hazel shanks, giving them away to family and friends, and even leaving some as suprise gifts at various woods and pathways in the local area for walkers. They are nothing special simply cut to length straight shanks some with ferrules, hand straps and some left as nature intended. I would like to hopefully learn how to straighten the shanks and make them more refined and less rustic :) with a view to maybe selling some as a part time hobby, though it looks like it will be a long while to catch up with the workmanship here, hence the reason I have joined this great looking forum, thanks in advance for any help / info in the near future.

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Keith
 

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Welcome to the forum there's a lot of good information on here every body is willing to help, looking forward to seeing your work.
 
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Hi and welcome! Check out general walking stick discussion. There are a bunch of postings on how to straighten a shank or just start your own topic. Nobody here gets tired of talking about sticks and I'm sure will have no problem repeating any information! I love the idea of leaving a stick on the trail but I get too attached and don't want to give them up!
 

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Glad you joined us Landyman. Your comment about your habit of leaving sticks about brought to mind when I was in Bethesda, Maryland at the medical center. Outside of the building is a pool inspired by Scripture. It is surrounded by a low stone wall which is wide enough to sit on. Upon one side of the wall was left a walking stick of the bent wood style common in America. It was only when I examined it closely that I realized it was dark bronze and permanently attached.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum Keith. Glad to have you with us.
 
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Glad you joined us Landyman. Your comment about your habit of leaving sticks about brought to mind when I was in Bethesda, Maryland at the medical center. Outside of the building is a pool inspired by Scripture. It is surrounded by a low stone wall which is wide enough to sit on. Upon one side of the wall was left a walking stick of the bent wood style common in America. It was only when I examined it closely that I realized it was dark bronze and permanently attached.
Thanks for the welcome, I often wonder who may have come across the sticks which I had left, hopefully they will have come to good use :)
 

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welcome to the forum

there are some videos on stick straightening its not difficult have a look at stickies post he does have some good info on there

I just use a heat gun for straightening shanks when its just the odd one its very quick just be careful not to scotching it you don't need anything fancy to do it .ther is plenty here just search the post

I am from Lincolnshire , there's is a a stickmaking workshop being held this weekend (11th September) at Christ hospital school Wragby road Lincoln. post code LN2 4PN.

Also being held on the 23rd Oct, and 11th Dec.

A social meeting will also be held on 6th Nov.at the golf hotel ,Broadway, Woodall Spa. post code ln10 65g

There are a a few well known stickmakers attending it one of which is the british champion all of them are very helpful and have a lot of experience
 

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welcome to the forum

there are some videos on stick straightening its not difficult have a look at stickies post he does have some good info on there

I just use a heat gun for straightening shanks when its just the odd one its very quick just be careful not to scotching it you don't need anything fancy to do it .ther is plenty here just search the post
Thanks for the info cobalt, I will take a look mate...
 

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welcome to the forum

there are some videos on stick straightening its not difficult have a look at stickies post he does have some good info on there

I just use a heat gun for straightening shanks when its just the odd one its very quick just be careful not to scotching it you don't need anything fancy to do it .ther is plenty here just search the post

I am from Lincolnshire , there's is a a stickmaking workshop being held this weekend (11th September) at Christ hospital school Wragby road Lincoln. post code LN2 4PN.

Also being held on the 23rd Oct, and 11th Dec.

A social meeting will also be held on 6th Nov.at the golf hotel ,Broadway, Woodall Spa. post code ln10 65g

There are a a few well known stickmakers attending it one of which is the british champion all of them are very helpful and have a lot of experience
Hello mate, nice to see a fellow countyman on here, thanks for all the information, I'm not too far from Lincoln though busy this weekend, so one of the dates later on may be good for me, would be good to attend something like this and see how professionals work :)

Many Thanks
 

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Nice rover by the way.
Thanks mate, it's the ideal vehicle for getting up those muddy woodland lanes :)
very nice! Would that mean that you're into the whole bushcraft thing? It's become my second favorite hobby in a big way!
I love watching Ray Mears over here in the UK, I would assume you have an equivalent over in the US. I would love to get into it in a way, though family life at the moment takes up alot of time, ( teenagers) :) though I suppose I will have plenty of time in years to come. I enjoy watching bushcraft demos at the various Land Rover weekends we attend, we attended a local country show years ago, and there was someone who was making and selling walking sticks and accessories, which started me off.
 

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Hi Landyma, welcome to the forum from a Yorkshireman, my son is also a Land Rover owner and I had one years ago.
Hi Gloops,

Thanks for the welcome mate, had many holidays up in Yorkshire, lovel county, my wifes grandads family where all from around the Keighley area. As you probably know you are always busy if you own a Land Rover, though would not be without it.

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Hi Landyma, welcome to the forum from a Yorkshireman, my son is also a Land Rover owner and I had one years ago.
Hi Gloops,

Thanks for the welcome mate, had many holidays up in Yorkshire, lovel county, my wifes grandads family where all from around the Keighley area. As you probably know you are always busy if you own a Land Rover, though would not be without it.

Cheers
Very true, remember changing a clutch on the street outside our house in the pouring rain - weather did'nt matter as it was an inside job.
 
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