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Came across these pics. of a pedlars stick 18th century design

Source Bill Hogas on facebbok page from California

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It looks to be cut from a single wide board, I wonder how strong one would be if it were steam bent? I'm betting stronger as the grain has not been shortened at any point. Might be worth playing with next year when the blanks are ready.
 

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To bend a shank into that shape wouldn't be easy. I suppose its possible to get near to it .If you look at a natural hazel walking stick it has a sharp bend in it.. A more experienced stick maker would know how near you could get to it .

Hopefully stickie would give us a better idea .I have only straightened sticks and not shaped them
 

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Several ways to make that design stronger.

Green sapling bend, locked into a jig to cure

Burl wood (if you can find one large enough) 2 piece(could be weak at connector depending on where it is put)

Spacer down the middle to act as a cross grain

Steam bend multiple thin layers and sandwich them. probably the easiest solution.

but all in all that stick, even with its long running grain should be strong enough for normal use.

Oh, and thanks for posting this, good to see something new :D
 

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To bend a shank into that shape wouldn't be easy. I suppose its possible to get near to it .If you look at a natural hazel walking stick it has a sharp bend in it.. A more experienced stick maker would know how near you could get to it .
Hopefully stickie would give us a better idea .I have only straightened sticks and not shaped them
. I don't know. Traditional lacrosse is a big deal with the native peoples here and I've seen them making lacrosse sticks that they steam bend almost 360°!
 

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I have just purchased a large piece of pitch pine, must be 150 years old, and weather willing tomorrow I will be starting cutting to make some of these bad boys. Pictures to follow if and when successful.
 

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Well I got one board cut - the original piece is about 5'8" x10" x4" and does about 150 pounds by the feel of it! Only problem is my son has the jigsaw! Soon as I get it (Wednesday) I can hopefully get one cut out and start to shape it. My original template is not as curved as the one in the picture so I will give it a try, post a picture and see what happens, it may need some trialling but I have enough wood to play with.
 
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