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This is a refurb of an old stick I kept by the back door and used when I took the dogs for their walks for the last 5 years.It was in very bad shape (water damage, cracks, dents, etc. I added the metal scroll and collar and the plastic dip tip.
 

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I like the contrast of the black shaft and the natural knob. This was supposed to be just an experimental stick to test things I hadn't done before. I steamed out the dents with a soldering iron and wet paper towel, added the metal inlay, and did the dipped tip, all of which I had never done before. I fully expected to just toss it after the experiment was done but it turned out better than I thought. I hadn't even planned to put a finish on it originally. I'm anxious to see how well the plastic dip holds up to usage.
 

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The contrast is great alador! well done!!
 

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I have great respect for people who can carve the animal shapes or work with horn but there's something about a nice knob stick that just makes me happy. They have a thing I call complicated simplicity. You can shape and sand it all you want but in the end you're still doing what the stick tells you.
 

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I've used the rubber dip on a sticks metal knob, it's held up pretty good. Just give it a few dips and it should be good for general use. Remember that it's made for tool handles so it can take some abuse.
 

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Very well done Alador! Where did U get the tool dip from?
 

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I bought my plastic dip at the Harbor Freight store but I'm pretty sure I saw it at Lowes too. By the way, the metal scroll work was done with guitar fret-wire, kind of challenging to work with at first but I think it's going to be useful for future projects.

I have great respect for people who can carve the animal shapes or work with horn but there's something about a nice knob stick that just makes me happy. They have a thing I call complicated simplicity. You can shape and sand it all you want but in the end you're still doing what the stick tells you.
I agree with you about knob sticks, both to see and to use they are the quintessential walking stick to me. I prefer the ones with the bark left on but this one was too damaged for that to be an option.
 

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Great stick, and a very original idea with the metal scrolling. It is no wonder that you used this stick for so long. I hope you have many more years use from it as well. N.
 

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Great stick, and a very original idea with the metal scrolling. It is no wonder that you used this stick for so long. I hope you have many more years use from it as well. N.
Thanks Whiteroselad! My original idea when I bought the fret-wire was to do something like a stained glass effect on a stick. This was a test to see how it would go. Well, the straight lines are no problem, just shallow kerfs with an exacto saw. but the curves are another thing altogether. A dremel tool is hard to control in a small area so I'm on the search for something more suitable. I see the intricate inlay designs that other do and wonder how anyone has that much patience.
 

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This is a refurb of an old stick I kept by the back door and used when I took the dogs for their walks for the last 5 years.It was in very bad shape (water damage, cracks, dents, etc. I added the metal scroll and collar and the plastic dip tip.
One of the 3 ball end sticks I've made one is of a similar shape to the one you have pictured(1st picture). The other 2 are straight shanks. The curved shank has much better balance than the straight shanks. In your opinion would this be a property observed in other similarly shaped ball end sticks?
 

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Many of the Blackthorn sticks I've seen have a similar shape, I think because they are also root ball sticks and that last bit of curve near the root is hard to straighten.
I do like the shape for my own use though, I guess that's why I've used this one for so long. I have a few nice shanks I plan to carve handles for but I always prefer one piece sticks.
 

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This is a refurb of an old stick I kept by the back door and used when I took the dogs for their walks for the last 5 years.It was in very bad shape (water damage, cracks, dents, etc. I added the metal scroll and collar and the plastic dip tip.
One of the 3 ball end sticks I've made one is of a similar shape to the one you have pictured(1st picture). The other 2 are straight shanks. The curved shank has much better balance than the straight shanks. In your opinion would this be a property observed in other similarly shaped ball end sticks?
I have a few books on blackthorn shillelaghs, one of them has a quote stating that ideally the stick should have a slight overall curve. I have noticed in my studies that the curve seems to add more force to a blow. As for balance, I've noticed that as well, I think the curve and the length it adds works to balance out the weight of the head.
 

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This is a refurb of an old stick I kept by the back door and used when I took the dogs for their walks for the last 5 years.It was in very bad shape (water damage, cracks, dents, etc. I added the metal scroll and collar and the plastic dip tip.
One of the 3 ball end sticks I've made one is of a similar shape to the one you have pictured(1st picture). The other 2 are straight shanks. The curved shank has much better balance than the straight shanks. In your opinion would this be a property observed in other similarly shaped ball end sticks?
I have a few books on blackthorn shillelaghs, one of them has a quote stating that ideally the stick should have a slight overall curve. I have noticed in my studies that the curve seems to add more force to a blow. As for balance, I've noticed that as well, I think the curve and the length it adds works to balance out the weight of the head.
Thanks for your input gentlemen!
 
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