1) We returned home late Sunday from my brother's place in Texas. I cut some cured but cracked cedar, some green cedar, some oak, and another wood not found around Tulsa. Now I have to decide between the pecan that I bought (it will be here this week), and the cracked but very hard and with shrinkage cracks. I am inclined to use the "natural" from my brother's place, after some remedial work on those cracks, some of which extend 3/8" and into the heartwood.I am working on the ULTIMATE rustic walking stick and Jacob's staff for the fanatical geologist. My 40 year old Jacob's staff from school days was in the attic, sitting unused for 10 years. I removed the Abney level so that I could devise... an attachment device for the new stick. Sadly, the ethanol has leaked or evaporated from the bubble level. This attaches via posts that measure 3.2 cm apart.
The usual suppliers, Forestry Suppliers, Ben Meadows, and Minerox can not replace the bubble. I think that the manufacturer, Mikasa, is out of business.
Any ideas? Where is a really good source of lots of leveling bubbles like this? I could just purchase a new Abney level, but this one has been over outcrops all over the USA and like my trusty rock hammer, I don't want to give it up.
1970 Mikasa Abney level_50.jpg
Thanks for the heads up! I will avoid installing expensive hardware, at least until I have banged them around a bit. I believe that this is also red cedar, and so your experience is especially relevant. I think that I will go ahead with the epoxy experiment, unless the guys at Woodcraft advise that this particular structural epoxy shouldn't be heated. I should experiment with a small segment that is deeply cracked, apply the warm epoxy, let it cure, and then saw it to see how far it penetrated and how well it bonded the crack.Cedar is a tricky beast, because of its structure it can be sturdy as stone, but have a hidden weakness that can break a stick from top to bottom. This is also dependent on the types of cedars too. We have red cedars here and I personally avoid them unless the are to remain un-cut and not carved. i.e. a post I wouldn't put my best equipment on them, but you could experiment with them. The fact that they are alread cracked would make me even more wary.
11 o'clock update: geologist found impaled on a stick full of gadgetry. Foul play suspected.Seems you are making great strides (groan) towards some walking bling. The iPhone attachment is also pretty cool, but careful... "Geologist found at bottom of ravine, last seen texting at the edge of Sharp Rock canyon. More at 11." :thumbsu:
Ok Rad, here are (links to) the pics:Looking forward to the end product! ------ I'm sure your last line up there was a type O -- . Or not?
To help you get started. First thing my teacher told me. "Sharpen your tools before every use. Keep your stone handy while working. If the tool starts slipping, freshen the edge."Also, I have to learn more about wood carving. I'd like to be able to carve some simple things. A long term goal.