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Make You Own Hiking Staff

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I've gotten many request over the last two years on how to make a hiking staff. I've worked out a way that anyone who has a little want to can do it.

 

So if your interested let me know and I'll give you step by step instructions on making your very own Geocaching hiking staff right here in the fourms.

 

Before anyone comes in here and post a link where you can buy one or telling us all how great a treking pole is...this thread isn't for you. It's for people who really want to make their very own wood Geo Hiking staff, so please don't clutter it up with information on where to buy one, or which is better a wood or treking pole.

 

El Diablo

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I would love to know how to make my own hiking stick. I have an aluminum twist to lock one that dropped me on my butt on a muddly hillside when it unlocked on its' own. I am prettly sure a sturdy wooden one is the way to go.

 

KyHilltopper

Clint

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Hiyas El Diablo,

 

Please share your wisdom! I am more then interested!

 

TIA!

 

Jeff from Jelinidas

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So if your interested let me know and I'll give you step by step instructions on making your very own Geocaching hiking staff right here in the fourms.

 

I'm interested.

My son is always looking for a stick to use as a walking stick when we go out geochaching.

 

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Sounds interesting, El Diablo. Might be a good contribution to Todays Cacher as well, maybe?

 

I only want to carve one existing staff I have, so I'll be lurking in interest.

 

Thank you!

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Don't need no stinkin' hikin' staff,

cause I got a beautiful one

from some guy named El Diablo.

 

Oh, wait...never mind. :lol::lol::lol:

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I'm thinking of giving up the hiking staffs, but I love them so much.

 

^ El Diablo's post in the "Save the Drama for Your Mama" Thread.

 

No wonder he wants to teach us to make them! Count me, in oh Leader of the Evil Horde.

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I'd like to know, too.

I've often thought about making a hiking staff with a replacable top. It could be screwed on and changed for the season, type of nature hike, or mood I'm in.

I've also been looking for a source for metal tips.

Thank's for offering to teach us.

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I'd like to have enough Hiking Staff to do all my hiking for me, and maybe carry a sedan chair ... oops! wrong type of staff. Sorry. :lol:

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Yes, I want to know, especially if you're not going to be making them in the months/years ahead, or is that just an evil rumor?

 

Specifically, I'd like to know how you embed the compass into the staff? I'm assuming you dig out the top, but how do you make sure it stays embedded?

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What a generous offer, El Diablo! Count me in, as I find more and more uses for one each time I venture out; thus finding myself cursing that I didn't bring one along 'cause I haven't ordered one from you, yourself.

 

TIA,

Anne Bonney, Colorado

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I always love to try and learn new things. Count me in! Thank you for the generous offer. Maybe after we all give it a go, we can post out pictures for all to see. (or...maybe NOT :lol: )

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please ad me to the list also El Diablo.......I have seen yours and they are "aaaaawesome" thnx

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Count me in--I've got a collection of gadgets, but I always love to tinker with making hand made crafts as well. Heck, I even tried my hand at making a homemade alcohol burning stove out of pepsi cans.

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me too, add me to the list Diablo , i would like to know how handyman i am before my father makes it for me :lol:

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Though i have created my owh already, I would be interested in learning some new tricks. Can add me to the list.

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I would like to know also, especially the selection of the staff, I want to make mine out of Osage Orange but can never seem to find a straight enough piece that is as long as I would like.

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Too cool, me too!!

Although my artistic talent is limited and I'm sure any that I attempt won't come out near as purty as yours. :lol:

But I love to tinker anyway!! :lol:

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Would love some El Diablo insight.

Especially like what kind of wood to use. Looking forward to the 411.

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Count me in too- I'd love to learn how to make one! It would make an excellent anniversary gift for Bons.

 

RM

Green wood needs to dry in a rack of some sort to keep it from bending. It will need to dry for a long time (from 6 weeks to a year). The longer, the better.

 

Sand the wood smooth. Dremel tools work good for sanding knots and such.

 

Spar varnish is great for wood that you don't need to stain and if you stain it first, it will be good here too. Apply in long even strokes that parallel the grain of the wood. Apply coat #1 and let it dry for 24 hours. Apply coat #2, let it dry for 24 hours. By now you will have a slick surface. Use fine grit steel wool and roughen the surface of the varnish and try to remove any blemishes to coat #2.

This will make coat #3 stick better. Apply a tack cloth to remove any dust before applying coat #3. Apply coat #3 with special care to get the strokes even and to not leave any gaps.

 

Coat #3 is the first chance you have to make a nice looking outer layer of varnish.

You can go for more coats by repeating the steps between coat#2 and coat #3.

 

I have cherry walking stick made this way. Turned out very nice.

 

Carving, is something that I don't do, and didn't want to do on this stick, so I skipped that part, but obviously, you would do that before you stained or varnished it.

 

Polyurethane varnishes also work nicely. Spar varnish was developed for spars and masts of wooden boats, so it builds up a very thick layer over the wood that resists water and looks cool.

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Count me in,so how long do we have to wait for the instructions?

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Hi El Diablo, Do you have a picture of one so we can see what you're talking about? I'd like to make one also... the one I have is in need of an upgrade.

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Hi El Diablo,  Do you have a picture of one so we can see what you're talking about?  I'd like to make one also... the one I have is in need of an upgrade.

Check out his work at http://www.geo-hikingstick.com

It's very nice!

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That reminds me, I still owe El Diablo a picture of me and my El Diablo staff. This picture was taken on a recent hike. The staff looks much better in person than in a photograph. That's the Santa Clara valley behind me. My house is somewhere near the top of the hiking staff.

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I'll join as well.

 

Currently I'm using a broom handle with a bicycle grip forced onto the top, but would prefer something that looks a little nicer.

 

I've managed to find some fairly straight cedar, poplar and dogwood deadfalls that are about the right size for a staff, but would prefer some pointers before starting, and perhaps ruining, what could turn out to be a good looking staff.

 

Thanks,

 

- Mark (S-4-C)

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Me too. Will be cheaper and more entertaining that the Volksmarch Stick my friend was going to bring me back from German. Thanks.

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