Master of Arts
- Apr 25, 2008
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I have a lathe and I'd like to make my own short sticks for self defense. Any ideas where to get hickory stock to make some?
Which is why spokeshaving is so attractive.It'll be hard/ex[ensive to get a lumber yard to cut them for you special.
Excellent advice. There are only about 10,000 different stick systems out there (to take a WAG), each with their own internal theories on stick size, length, and shape. Heck, I'm familiar with at least 6 different WMA Cane/Walking-Stick systems, and several it's not exactly uncommon for the prefered Cane in one system to be somewhat lacking for another.How will she use the stick? That defines the best length.
BEcause buying axe or shovel handles is probably the best way to get hickory sticks. It'll be hard/ex[ensive to get a lumber yard to cut them for you special.
You might consider (or have her consider) a non round shape for the striking portion of the stick. I've seen some Philipine sticks made from cocobolo and other materials that had a kind of oval or tear shaped grip, and the striking surface was shaped more like "<>", which focuses the striking force over a smaller area, making it a more effective force multiplier.
Can the stick be metal? Is it legal for her to carry an asp in her car?
You could also go with an acrylic or nylon material http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=147& which can be a bit heavier than heavier woods (more impact).
Splintering and breaking due to grain run-out is common on turned dowels. Especially thin ones like 7/8".I think I'll go to Lowes and get one wood dowl. Cut it to 10, 12, and 14 inch lengths (past that in a car it would be hard to conceal) and see which one she perfers. Maybe the 7/8ths inch thick ones.