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Shooting staff, 25 years to make..

#1 Post by dandad » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:11 am

I have been wanting a shooting staff, one that I can use standing up. If i want to sit and shoot, i would use a bi or tri pod. But being 6'4" it is hard to find such a beast.
Then i recalled a sapling I harvested over 25 years ago from the forest close to where my parents home is now. It was choked with vines, giving it a gnarly look. I stripped the bark, waxed the ends, and its been drifting around waiting for the perfect time to use. This was it.

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I figured 66 inches was a good height for me, but the staff was 56. I was going to have to add to it. The after market bipod Ys would look hideous on this staff, so I was going to have to make my own. And with the kids at their friends this weekend , it was the perfect opportunity to do this project... And eat some nice meat with the teenage vegetarians away! ;-) made a big pot of beef chili for the weekend, grabbed a walnut log I quartered from a downed walnut on my dads property , and went to work on a drawing.

I thought a rams head would be cool, but being this was the first time I ever attempted any sculpture type of woodwork , I quickly discovered the wood dictates the product, not me.. Lol

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First I used my saws all to cut the rough shape, then chisels and hammer. In fact 80% of this project was done with chisels.

When I started removing the material that did not look like a ram I discovered a big old knot right smack in my way. Ram, may have been doable, but suddenly I saw something else in the wood, and I could even incorporate some deer antler material. And i have plenty , picking it up off the ground at my dada property.
The Ram, became an Owl.

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Chisel, sand, hole saws to cut eyes, and used a soldering pen with interchange weller tips to burn designs into the wood and a small ball peen hammer to add dimple texture. Then I cut a 2" tip off an antler to use as the beak.

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I then drilled a 1" hole with a spade bit. Followed by a deeper hole with a 17/64 bit, in which I JB Weld glued a 1/4 aluminum rod in. My theory was it would add strength, i reality it was probably because I could , and will add nothing to the integrity.

I shaves to top of the staff down to under 1 inch in diameter, and I epoxied a 1.5 inch long piece of 3/4 od copper tubing to the bottom of the staff. Later I added on a spare rubber tip from one of my canes.

JB Weld liberally into the 1" hole in the bottom of the walnut owl, attach to the shaft, and here its now curing.

I've ordered a 12 foot piece of 3/8 leather strap to wrap the bottom half of the Owl, and make an over sized wrist lanyard from.

CD Fingers will happy, I'm going to finish it in....drum roll please. //////
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#2 Post by virtualhabitat » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:33 am

That's pretty cool. I like the owl(?) carving instead of just a v-notch
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#3 Post by dandad » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:38 am

virtualhabitat wrote:That's pretty cool. I like the owl(?) carving instead of just a v-notch
Abstract owl.. Lol.

Me too. Ill add the leather, maybe a buzzard or hawk feather and it will be done.

Im pretty happy with it for my first attempt.

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#4 Post by Simmer down » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:40 am

Function and form. :thumbup:

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#5 Post by sikacz » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:01 am

Beautiful! Love the hand work!
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#6 Post by CDFingers » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:01 am

That's cool. Very low key and unobtrusive. :D

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#7 Post by dandad » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:42 am

Simmer down wrote:Function and form. Image

How long does it take you to turn out one of those violins?
If I have the money, maybe 30 minutes. That includes a 20 minute drive to the music store. Lol. Those are from a long time ago, when I actually had money.

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#8 Post by dandad » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:48 am

CDFingers wrote:That's cool. Very low key and unobtrusive. :D

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I am sure it will fool any animals. They will just think its an owl with a gun, and not be concerned.

I might forego the pine tar. Its around $20 a quart and it doesnt appear that anyone locally handles it. if I had a couple items to finish , maybe.

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#9 Post by dandad » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:56 am

Oh, as i had to cut and then file and sand the large end of the antler ( upper part of the beak) to shape it, I make a cup of tea, no sugar, dropped the piece of antler in it for 30 minutes and the newly cut and worked end matched the rest of the antler better. I then applied some crazy glue and wiped it down with a paper towel to seal it. Its epoxied in place with 5 minute clear epoxy mixed with walnut sanding dust mixed in.

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#10 Post by Inquisitor » Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:15 am

dandad wrote:I have been wanting a shooting staff, one that I can use standing up. If i want to sit and shoot, i would use a bi or tri pod. But being 6'4" it is hard to find such a beast.
Then i recalled a sapling I harvested over 25 years ago from the forest close to where my parents home is now. It was choked with vines, giving it a gnarly look. I stripped the bark, waxed the ends, and its been drifting around waiting for the perfect time to use. This was it.

Image

I figured 66 inches was a good height for me, but the staff was 56. I was going to have to add to it. The after market bipod Ys would look hideous on this staff, so I was going to have to make my own. And with the kids at their friends this weekend , it was the perfect opportunity to do this project... And eat some nice meat with the teenage vegetarians away! ;-) made a big pot of beef chili for the weekend, grabbed a walnut log I quartered from a downed walnut on my dads property , and went to work on a drawing.

I thought a rams head would be cool, but being this was the first time I ever attempted any sculpture type of woodwork , I quickly discovered the wood dictates the product, not me.. Lol

Image

First I used my saws all to cut the rough shape, then chisels and hammer. In fact 80% of this project was done with chisels.

When I started removing the material that did not look like a ram I discovered a big old knot right smack in my way. Ram, may have been doable, but suddenly I saw something else in the wood, and I could even incorporate some deer antler material. And i have plenty , picking it up off the ground at my dada property.
The Ram, became an Owl.

Image

Chisel, sand, hole saws to cut eyes, and used a soldering pen with interchange weller tips to burn designs into the wood and a small ball peen hammer to add dimple texture. Then I cut a 2" tip off an antler to use as the beak.

Image


I then drilled a 1" hole with a spade bit. Followed by a deeper hole with a 17/64 bit, in which I JB Weld glued a 1/4 aluminum rod in. My theory was it would add strength, i reality it was probably because I could , and will add nothing to the integrity.

I shaves to top of the staff down to under 1 inch in diameter, and I epoxied a 1.5 inch long piece of 3/4 od copper tubing to the bottom of the staff. Later I added on a spare rubber tip from one of my canes.

JB Weld liberally into the 1" hole in the bottom of the walnut owl, attach to the shaft, and here its now curing.

I've ordered a 12 foot piece of 3/8 leather strap to wrap the bottom half of the Owl, and make an over sized wrist lanyard from.

CD Fingers will happy, I'm going to finish it in....drum roll please. //////
Pine Tar !

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#11 Post by Marlene » Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:32 am

Blog post!

Very nice work Dan.
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#12 Post by dandad » Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:01 am

Im taking it to my dads in a couple weeks, were Ill test it with the mod 29 44mag.. Which is the revolver in one of the photos. I figure if it holds up with that, its going to hold up with anything I have. Might take the 1903 springfield as well .

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#13 Post by dandad » Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:30 am

Update(s) I went ahead and used what I have to finish the staff. Boiled Linseed Oil , and paste furniture wax.

Also, another long term project I am working on , my Winchester HighWall single shot 22lr rifle. I put the receiver in the oven at 280 degree F for an hour. Tested temp with a temp gun, 270. Applied Caseys Plum Brown, followed by fine steel wool and gun oil. It was bare shinny metal, now it has a nice aged patina. Once I reline the barrel I will plum brown that as well.

This is a 2 for 1 shot.



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#14 Post by Bisbee » Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:41 am

Wow, beautiful work, Dan!
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