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    I'm considering getting my son a long stick for Christmas - he likes to have something to hold on to (Gandalf style) when he's walking his dog. Any suggestions?
    Julia

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    You can get the extra long ones - staffs - for just that. I have one, it's like a shephards crook without the hook. Might cost a bob or two though.
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    • #3
      And if you found a nice wooden staff with a lovely suitable surface, you could consider getting it personalised... with pyrography!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by woodtattoos View Post
        And if you found a nice wooden staff with a lovely suitable surface, you could consider getting it personalised... with pyrography!
        Mmm, indeed! I have two hazel staves seasoning in Dad's garage right now, awaiting just such a thing. I might even carve a spiral into one, like I did with the smaller ones to make wands.
        Presuming that they haven't split, of course, which they might have done...
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        • #5
          My dad makes walking sticks. Well not proffesionally or owt, just when he finds a suitable piece of wood. I got to choose one from his ones that he made! I chose this one as it had a cool twisty bit in the wood and the pointy antler top.





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          • #6
            What a unique walking stick. How clever of him he has used the original shape of the wood to its best advantage.
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            • #7
              What would have made the twist shape, some ivy, crossed branches? I think it's lovely.
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              • #8
                That is a lovely stick. I would really like something 'different', seen ones online with carved heads, antlers, etc but most are too short for what I want.
                Julia

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                • #9
                  Most of the staffs I have seen are made from a plain straight stick with a cord handle threaded through a hole about a foot from the top. I have seen a young lad use one as a walking stick which I thought looked good, he looked more athletic rather than disabled. They are quite expensive in the shops though.

                  These look reasonable
                  http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/pumpshos-crafts
                  Or you could you ask around locally if any woodworkers would be able to make you one.
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                  • #10
                    Yeah think it was ivy or something. He told me what sort of wood it was too but iv forgotten Also it is quite short.Not your long Gandalf type staff.
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                    • #11
                      I think you need to chose your own Walking staff as they need to feel right in the hand.
                      My OH bought one from a country fair. It had been commissioned by a guy that hadn't come back for it. It has a Dragons head as a handle it's just the perfect hight for my OH. and he collects dragons. It wasn't that expensive.

                      Mine is just a perfectly shaped branch end that was shaped and polished and fits just right in my hand. My sons is one he found himself a piece of stick with a forked end he uses it as a thumb rest.
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                      • #12
                        The walking stick pictured looks like hazel. I have a selection of staves drying in my workshop and one I have started to shape inspired by the priors staff in stargate SG1 but with a smaller stone set into the top

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                        • #13
                          Any idea how to work out how long a stick he would need? He's 14, about 5'4" (so far) and I think it needs to be quite long - shoulder height?
                          Julia

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                          • #14
                            Mine is a walking stick (Put my hand on the top). and comes just above my hip so my elbow is at 90 % when using it. Where as my OH's is a walking staff ( holds stick along the length ) and comes to about Armpit height.
                            Last edited by goldy1; 25-10-2008, 12:06 AM.
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