In this video i am finishing sanding prepping and oiling a walking stick made of diamond willow. This fungus eventually kills the branch it is on but does not kill the roots.
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A little off topic but i was always under the impression that diamond willow was a norther thing.
Best finish for diamond willow. This was in the texas hill country. Small diamond willow 58 walking stick unfinished by treeline. I did a fast google search and found these images.
These come from minnesota and frequently have diamond like indentations which will show deep brown when the bark is peeled from the sticks contrasting to the creamy white surface of the wood. This fungus attacks the crotch of the branch and causes the enlarging and color change. Of that i have 130 acres under cultivation but the other 190 is moose pasture.
Sometimes ill add a bit of minwax stain to the mix to get a little different color result. The diamond part of diamond willow is not caused by weather or freezing it is a fungus. These sticks are gorgeous.
Introduction to diamond willow. I read that one person dried diamond willow for a full year. Ive been working with diamond willow for over 30 years.
You might want to try diamond willow for the wood. They must look great but could be over cooking the grits if you want to use them. So i guess the morale of the story is diamond willow is probably available in most places.
I have been using a boiled linseed oil mix cut about 5050 with mineral spirits on most of my sticks. Ive made and sold a variety of items but my main tool for cleaning out the diamonds is a dremel tool. My cabin sits at the edge of civilization in northern alberta canada on 320 acres which is mine.
I like the look its cheap and its readily available at most local hardwares. It has served me well but a new. Another person put more finish on hiking sticks than manufacturers put on furniture.
Cut away all of the bark to reveal the green wood and possibly some diamond shapes beneath. See the process of using a rasp sanding block cleaning and oiling the wood. I would like to ask if anyone out there has any ideas on cleaning out a big piece of diamond willow.
Poke in a stream tap on a chunk of bark toss it across some rock. The other day i cut a willow stick out of a creek bed on the local golf course and behold it had diamonds. Remove all of the bark from the diamond willow branch with a pocket knife utility knife or hatchet.
Here are some of my videos on it that i just recently did. Page 3 of 4 stick finishes posted in general walking stick discussion. In addition to the looks willow is very strong and hard to break its hard to even break a stick off the tree.
The actual tool used varies by personal preference. Fortunately there is a lot of diamond willow on it and this makes beautiful walking sticks.
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