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Make a Walking Stick

You will need:
A 5-6 foot branch/stick
Stain or varnish
rough sand paper

Find a branch that is unique and fairly straight. The length can be 5-6 foot, or slightly shorter. A stick with a curve at the top is also neat to use. This should be a stick that has fallen to the ground and is dead, not green. Look for a branch that has character!

Peel all of the bark off of the stick, scraping if necessary with a putty knife-nothing too sharp, you don’t want to “carve” the stick. After it’s clean of bark, sand from top to bottom with a piece of rough sandpaper. It works well to tear the large piece of sandpaper in half, then fold once or twice. Get a good hold of the stick in your left hand and rub with the sand paper in your right hand until you get a nice finish over the entire stick. It doesn’t have to be completely smooth-remember, you want it to have character.

Next, wipe off the stick with a clean cloth. Follow the directions on the can of stain or varnish and apply to the entire stick. Remember to do the very ends also. Allow to dry, and if you wish, you can apply a second coat.

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