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I've had a twisted stick in my closet for about 40 years and I decided to do something with it yesterday. My stick hunting dog and I went out yesterday and one of the things I found was a twisted up cedar knot ball. I cut a piece off and made a ball knob for the top of my old twisted stick. The pictures don't do justice to the fantastic colors in this piece of wood. The finish has a long way to go, but you can still see some of the amazing color in this piece.

I will post more / better pictures when it is finished.
 

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Well done! That will be a very unique cane.
 

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MARVELOUS work! Q: How did you attach the knob to the shank?
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Thanks Neb, the knob is attached with a 3/4" round mortise and tenon, 1-3/4" long/deep. The tenon extends far enough into the knob that I could taper it down like I did.
 

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Purple Terror! That is a wonderful stick. What kind of wood is the shaft?
Thanks, I'm not sure what kind of wood the shaft is. I found it in Georgia, around the Atlanta area many years ago. it is relatively hard and kind of buttery to cut, leaving a shiny surface where cut with a sharp knife. I think I thought it was dogwood when I found it, already dried.
 

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Gorgeous! Knock-out cedar. If the shaft is dogwood, a plus on top of the twist. I've been hoping to get some dogwood. Seems like it should be a good stick wood, light but strong.
 

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Hi Gordon, that is an absolutely fabulous walking stick that you've made. The cedar ball with its striking colors is beautiful and to be able to mount it on a twisty stick like that truly makes it a one of a kind collector piece. From what I can see of the twisty stick the twists look perfect.
 

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Thanks for all the kind remarks from everyone. I started to put a finish on it this afternoon and I think it just got even better looking. I colored the shaft to compliment the knob so that there was not such a great contrast between the colorful top and the plain looking wood of the twisty stick.

First, I put a black dye on the shaft, then lifted a good bit of the black out of the wood with a golden tan dye. This allowed the character of the wood to show through with some nice highlights while darkening it up to compliment the knob. It's got one coat of poly on it and it is drying v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y with all the dampness and humidity. I will put up some more pictures when I can.
 

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Wow Gordon, that is an absolutely gorgeous stick. That would definitely be a keeper if it were mine. I can just imagine all of the stares and comments you would get walking down the street with this one. Very nicely done.
 
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