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Old 04-15-2017, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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It is about 5' long, the largest twist is about 6" across, I am pretty sure that the twists enclose a vine or once enclosed a vine. You can see where it emerged in the photo. No clue as to type of wood. Seems very hard and very dry. Guy that gave it to me harvested it years ago in Southwest Virginia.

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Make a walking stick. Put a nom-slip cap on the thin end and smooth off the top to form a grip. Perhaps embellish with tied leather grip on the top.


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It's too big for a walking stick.
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Ask an Irishman... would make one heck of a shillelagh.
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Do you have a unicorn hanging around that lost its spiral?

I would say incorporate that into a large art piece of some sort!
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If it's too big for a walking stick then try making a "wizards staff" out of it. I bet some fanboy would give you big bucks for it so he can pretend he's Gandalf!
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Where I grew up, we had thousands of those small trees growing.
The woods were full of them.
Problem was, the vines choking them were poison ivy.
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I would get an awesome small burl, make a cool top for the stick then cut the bottom to length to make a walking stick.
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Saw a walking stick like that- the thin end had a rubber cap and the top was mortised to take a wood handle that was drilled and glued to the top.
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The 5' long would mean it's fine lengthwise for a walking stick...the 6" diameter might make it a bit heavy..
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