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Old 07-30-2013, 07:34 AM
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Sotol Walking Stick

Need some advice, I don't know a thing about woodworking, treating wood, etc. I have the stalk of a Sotol plant and want to make a walking stick with it. It is still green (cut it down last Friday), how long should I dry it out (if at all), do I need to sand it down, what is a good stain and lacquer to coat/waterproof it with? Where can I get the metal that goes on the tip (similar to a cane)?
Sorry, lots of questions I know, but I have no idea where to start.

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"Each Sotol Hiking Staff is hand selected, carefully cleaned, dried and sanded, finished with a smooth lacquer coat and fitted with long-life rubber tip, leather wrist strap and descriptive hang-tag.ΒΆ
Most have a slight natural bow to them"


also.....


http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/archiv...p/t-43031.html

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I'm not familiar with Sotol but for my pecan and myrtle sticks I scraped them when green to remove the bark then let them dry for about a year. After drying I then cut/wittled any knobs off (from branches, etc) then lightly sanded to eliminate any marks from my earlier scraping. I then applied multiple coats of tung oil -- 7-8 coats -- drying time between coats.
They are both still holding up very nicely. The pecan will eventually become a 'cane' should I ever need one..............lol
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All the sticks I've carved were dry, so no help but would guess 6 months to a year. I carved the misty mountain men or "Spirit Sticks".
Just shape them out with a knife, then I use a dremel for the face and finish up with sandpaper and lacquer


When it comes to the tips, just get them off ebay
http://www.ebay.com/bhp/walking-stick-tips
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