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I wanted to make a thumbstick handle from a rather pretty piece of Mexican Rosewood or Bocote as I usually call it. I'd made one from American Walnut the day before to try out the process and was happy to go ahead with a much more expensive piece of wood. It looked a bit ordinary but cutting the sides off to make a rectangular blank revealed what it was like inside, lovely. I marked it out to the shape I wanted and drilled a small hole all the way through. This would allow me to centre it when I put...

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best length for a hiking stick, best length for a walking stick, handmade walking sticks, How to measure a walking stick, what length walking stick do I need -

It is not an exact science, but the simplest way to get the right length stick for use as a comfortable walking aid is to measure from the crease of your wrist between hand and forearm, to the floor, wearing your normal footwear.

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childhood toys, dog walking, Rabologist, Rabology, toys from my childhood, walking stick, walking the dog, wood walking stick -

I remember playing and walking in the local fields and woods as a young boy and looking around for a walking stick. It didn’t matter what it was made from or what it looked like, I just had to have a stick. 

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