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Best wood for a EDC hiking/walking stick

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by themadplumbarian, May 20, 2013.

  1. themadplumbarian

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    Ok, who here is good with there knowledge of woods? And maybe even there cacti? I have two hiking sticks, one that I made from scratch and another that I modified. Neither of them do I want to make a EDC stick, there both to tall for what Im after and I don't want to cut them, so why not get/make another? I remember my grandfather had a very unique wood cane, it looked like it weighed a ton but was completely light weight, after looking online I want to say cholla skeleton? Another one I looked up but can't get any info on would be saguaro? I'm after something light but very strong, and wil take a beating, any other suggestions or info on the two above. Ty JR
     
  2. JHGM

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    Most wooden hammer handles are hickory... maybe that would do???

    Ash is also known for strength.
     
  3. jag-engr
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    For a very light-weight stick, you could go with rattan.

    For something sturdier, it's hard to beat hickory.

    If you think you have enough character to pull it off, you could try an English blackthorn stick.
     
  4. Turtle75

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    Bamboo is good.

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  5. Varmitslayer

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    I really like my willow staffs.
     
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    Bamboo has a good strength:weight ration, but it tends to split. Rattan is like solid bamboo and is easier to bend or straighten.

    Willow is a soft wood and great to work with, but I don't know how strong it is.
     
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    willow is very weak when it is green but once it dries well it is one of the strongest natural woods in my area
     
  8. themadplumbarian

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    All interesting, where's a good place to purchase any of these? JR
     
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    Willow trees occur naturally in Michigan if you can go to a park or forest you may be able to find a branch for free.:D
     
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    Even more interesting! :D JR
     
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    Hickory! That's what my Whistle Creek Scout staff is made from. Ash is great too.
     
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    I can vouch for rattan. We used it in the SCA as swords. You can beet the crud out of it and will do fine. The nice thing is that if it does break, it snaps clean unlike regular wood.
     
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    I've made several of my own walking sticks that I carry very day. American hornbeam is the closest thing to Irish Blackthorn that we have. Very tough, kind of knotty. Hickory is good as well. Below from left to right; maple, Irish blackthorn, hickory, hornbeam, and another blackthorn. All have handles made from the root that has been polished off. I like root knob handles rather than the old fogy cane. The hickory and hornbeam I cut out in the woods not far from my house, let sit down the basement for a year to cure. Used 0000 steel wool to polish the bark, then used Helmsman Spar Urathane to seal.

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    I have made a few dozen walking sticks out of maple.
     
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    The best wood.....the one you find.
     
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    You, sir, have inspired me:) Those look great.
     
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    Hickory is not very easy to come by here in Norway, so whenever i get my hands on some, I would like to use it to smoke me some meat. Ah, I love that taste! Never done it myself so far, but my (kind-of) father in law does it all the time, and the taste is just heavenly.....
     
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    According to the internet, hornbeam grows well in Arkansas. I'll have to crack out my forestry service book and see if I can find some!
     
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    What about yucca? JR
     
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    If you can find any bodark and you have strong enough tools to work with it. It would make probably the strongest staff you can find. I know some farmers that used them as fence posts before the 1950's and they're still standing strong.