Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Walking Stick with Turks Head Loop Hanger

 It's been a really busy month with real life issues and I haven't had much time for knots.  I've been working on this walking stick for a friend in the margins for the past month and I am glad to have it finished.  The stick itself is made of red oak, and it is treated with a rubbing oil.  It's always nice to do 4 or 5 coats of spar varnish on a walking stick, but the oil is much faster as all you have to do is wipe the stick down and let it sit for a few days to achieve a decent finish.

For the top of the stick I integrated a turks head loop using the same technique I used for the flashlight thumb loop I made a while back.  The person for whom I made this stick spends extensive time on a boat, and I thought it would be a nice feature to be able to hang the stick up and hence the loop. The loop is also handy for hanging the stick on a coat rack.  I will definitely be incorporating loops into future walking sticks as it has worked out well.

The larger knot is a standing, or multistrand turks head tied using a technique from the Ashley Book of Knots, numbers 1284 through 1289.  While it is very satisfying tying a large turks head using a single strand using tools such as the grid maker found on the KHWW site, I often find it much simpler to use the standing method from Ashley- I tied this knot without the use of a mandrel, simply using zip ties at the top and bottom to anchor the strands.   The strands do not get as twisted as they do for a running, or single strand turks head.  Small nails or another anchor method can be used with this method which may result in a more even layout. This technique does take some patience and organization because with 8 strands it looks like spaghetti at the start. Enjoy.

1 comment:

smet337 said...

Ethan,Very cool.Really love the turks head loop.Great work.

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