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I'm making a Bois d"Arc stick for an octogenarian who has been most generous to our alma mater, and to his Cherokee heritage. He is a gentleman and a scholar, and he needs assistance when walking about.

He prefers a walking stick for special occasions. His stick for Cherokee ceremonial activities has a quartz crystal at the top and an eagle feather, as well as other adornments.

I have a lot of ideas for this. One is to provide a soft, comfy grip. He's mentioned this in the past.

Tandy Leather has several options. I'm interested in feedback.

https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/walking-stick-grip-kit

https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/ecosoft-suede-lace-3-32-x-50-ft-4-mm-x-15-2-m-light-brown

I've done grips with paracord with the same method that could be used with the suede lace. The kit would be easier, but I doubt that it would be as soft as suede.

I'll look at the two options at the local Tandy Leather shop this week. Your opinions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Vance
 

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Yesterday I bought a roll of suede lace at Tandy, and then a large square of matching suede at a hobby store. I think I'll cut the large square to size, where the ends perfectly meet, and glue it into a recessed area. Then I'll wrap the lace, and secure, as we learned in the Boy Scouts (for me about 60 years ago).

I rigged my vibrating sander (only 40 years old) to my Jawhorse, and it'll work like a belt sander to more easily create a wide depressed area for the grip.
 

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The Bois d'Arc was too hard to sand effectively. I used my draw knife followed by a rasp and then some sandpaper.

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Then I cut a rectangular piece of suede, glued to the wood with Barge cement, let dry overnight, and finally wrapped with matching suede lace, using what I call the "Boy Scout" method.

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I trimmed the ends and used just a few dabs of epoxy to ensure that they remain secure.

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So now there are two layers of suede to provide a comfortable grip for my aging friend.

Unrelated to the suede grip, my wife thinks this guy is great too. She dug through drawers until she found a silver bracelet that we probably bought in Santa Fe around 1974. She suggested that I use the turquoise atop the stick, since we've seldom attended a formal or informal event at which he wasn't wearing a large turquoise bolo. In addition he had mentioned that his Cherokee ceremonial staff had dropped and the quartz crystal strapped to the top shattered. So, perhaps this will become his new ceremonial staff (he may have to add an eagle's feather).

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