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I decided to take another shot at a fully turned nose since the last one snapped off while cutting it out. I had a few cherry burls which had been kicking around for 10-12 years so I took the best looking one into the shop and sliced a nearly 2 inch thick slab out of the center. Has some worm damage but it was in pretty good shape.

I drew a handle pattern on it and cut it out. Did some shaping on it and was really impressed by the grain. It is glued to a chestnut shank with a buffalo collar waiting for the epoxy to set. Camera batteries ran out of juice before I could take any more pics though.
 

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Well done! Cherry is one of my favorite woods. Charge up those batts and post us a pic of the finished product!
 

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I decided to take another shot at a fully turned nose since the last one snapped off while cutting it out. I had a few cherry burls which had been kicking around for 10-12 years so I took the best looking one into the shop and sliced a nearly 2 inch thick slab out of the center. Has some worm damage but it was in pretty good shape.

I drew a handle pattern on it and cut it out. Did some shaping on it and was really impressed by the grain. It is glued to a chestnut shank with a buffalo collar waiting for the epoxy to set. Camera batteries ran out of juice before I could take any more pics though.
It is such an elegant form! Always has been!

I'm wondering, though, about that little turn-up.

What happens to it when one drops the stick, which is inevitable, and it lands on the curlicue??

Just snaps off? Mashes? Put on a bumper? *__-
 

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Well, choosing the right bit of wood helps a lot. Since this was a bit of cherry burl with some fairly gnarly grain, it makes it less likely to snap under ordinary use. I very much doubt that anyone would take this stick out for a hike or other places where the likelihood of damage would be increased, but accidents happen. One way to avoid damage would be to saw through the nose and slip a bit of plastic or maybe a few sheets of veneer going in different grain directions.

A previous stick was meant to have a fully turned nose but snapped off during cutting because I ignored the grain strength issue. In the first pic you can just make out my pencil marks for the turned nose. Second pic is after it snapped off and re-shaped. Third is final product.

The ideal material for this sort of stick would be ram's horn or water buffalo, but I don't have access. (Well, I do have some small bit of buffalo horn, but just for making spacers)

A bumper would make the stick kind of ugly, but maybe some hidden airbags. ;)
 

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That grain issue is one of the reasons I haven't done an upturned nose. The piece above started as a perfect piece for a crook. No short grain at all.

Nice job on the cherry one.

Rodney
 

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Thanks, Rodney. The girlfriend thought the shank of the cherry one was a bit too pale in contrast with the handle so I gave it a couple of coats of cherry flavor Danish oil. It did make the grain stand out a bit more.

Here's a couple more I've been working on. I had a beech handle kicking around for a while that I had put polyurethane on. It was a bit large to be comfortable so I re-did it and stuck it on an elm shank with a deer antler spacer. Another with a dogwood shank, a wide antler spacer which I might try doing some carving on, with a sort of serpentine ash root handle. The ash handle was on a different stick which I didn't like the way it turned out so decided to take the head off and put it on a different shank.
 

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nice looking crook you have there

peole make loads of crooks without the handle breaking just get the grain direction right

Alternativly you can always use a hardwood dowel in it to strengthen the crook
 

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Good quality plywood makes a interesting and strong crook as shaping through the laminates produces a good looking piece.
 
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