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Hickory hiking staff?

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I'm looking for either a good blank or a complete straight hiking staff that is at least 56" tall in good tight straight grain hickory.

Kingfisher Wood Works so far is the only site I have turned up that seems to offer what I'm looking for. I'm sure there are others I have missed though. What do you use or recommend along these lines? What do you like or dislike about it?

TIA,
Sid
 
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Check a large hardware store for a replacement shovel handle in Hickory. I found one and a few coats of linseed oil and a crutch rubber end cap and it was good to go. John
 

Swampdog

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Take a look at "fighting sticks" sold in martial arts stores, they are usually very strong, straight, and lightweight. I have one that is made out of wicker (I believe) that is flexible and light as a feather; I made a handle wrap out of paracord, glued a button compass to the top, and put a copper pipe cap on the bottom end.
 

The Zieg

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I'm looking for either a good blank or a complete straight hiking staff that is at least 56" tall in good tight straight grain hickory.

Kingfisher Wood Works so far is the only site I have turned up that seems to offer what I'm looking for. I'm sure there are others I have missed though. What do you use or recommend along these lines? What do you like or dislike about it?

TIA,
Sid
You might also consider a specialty woodworking shop. Many will have excess wood blanks in bins and you can choose your size, weight, and grain.

Zieg
 

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Check out tractor supply stores or similar in your area I have a hickory shepherd's hook that is as least tha long. . Not a big deal to cut the hook off if don't like it. I like the hook it is handy to hook a tree or branch to help climbing steep areas, or to hook stuff to pull to you
 
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Hickory is heavy. And after thousands of consecutive times lifting it, you'll notice. I suggest bamboo instead. Seriously. It's very strong and very light.
 
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Check out tractor supply stores or similar in your area I have a hickory shepherd's hook that is as least tha long. . Not a big deal to cut the hook off if don't like it. I like the hook it is handy to hook a tree or branch to help climbing steep areas, or to hook stuff to pull to you
This ^^^ I have one, beautiful functional piece of wood.
 
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All long time ago, somebody on here recommended Brazos Walking sticks, i love mine. I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
 
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