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Hi All,

I have recycled my dad's walking stick as a gift for my sister.

Dad passed away some years ago and left a couple of sticks lying around. These type of sticks are dead

easy to straighten with a heat gun and, depending on the condition, there is no real need to treat the stick itself.

In the end I did strip the stick back and varnish it.

Pics are: bending the stick in the wood vice after heating; the stick after a slight bending - note the pencil mark on the bench showing the original position of the stick and, finally, views of the finished stick.

This morning I bought a new walking stick from the chemist's ($A20) to do the same type of project. I will post the result later

Can't find a straight stick for that quick project??? Head down to the chemist...

Cheers

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PS Note to self - remember to take Iphone photos in landscape!!!!
 

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nice work

Its easy to straighten most sticks , much prefer a straight stick always seem stronger.The rustic look dosnt appeal to me and with a antler thumb stick seems more elegant straightened
 

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Great looking old sticks. I've got a few sticks I'd like to try my hand at straightening with my heat gun. Thanks for the post.
 

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There are two methods of heating the sticks just use a heat gun and keep it moving so not to scortch the stck heat small areas at a time , you can just bend them on your knee when hot enough if you have decent jeans on it wont burn. or just use a clamp heast it up clamp it and leave till cool.

alternativley steam them its much better and its a suprise how far you can bend them when you use this method after all a handle on a walking stick is made using this method its very quick
 

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I would love to build a simple steamer. There are plenty of patterns out there.

Cobalt: I agree re straightness as a better look on thumb sticks. Our Aussie timber is, I think, tougher to straighten.

Has anyone had success straightening thicker sticks??? What's the thickest anyone has ever straightened?
 

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You dont need to build one just use a large saucepan , just get the water boiling lay the stick over it cover with a old cloth canvs is the best and just steam it for about 10 mins.

If you look in old post in home made walking sticks page 1 "my first Stick , Hawthorn " you will find a electric steamer there the club i go to use for steaming .and some jigs for straightening

Boat builders use this method on wooden planks , they may have better equipment but the principle the samee
 

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Cobalt,

What max thicknesses will steaming work to?

I have made a simple bending jig and it works OK.
 

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Sorry cant help ypu with that i dont know.i just use mainly around 1- 1.5" maximum

the steamer i mention regarding my First Stick, Hazel is on page 9 in home made walking sticks. think i said page 1 sorry.

try a boat builder or search the net

but looking forward to see you next sticks. have you tried rams and water buffalo yet they make great toppes and thumb sticks
 
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