A friend recently gave me something that looks like a lump of glass but
could be possibly used as a head to a walking stick or walking cane.
Now, I'm a bit at a lost as to what to do next and was wondering if
anybody could offer suggestions for a web site, store, or whatever that
would attach my lump to the top of a walking stick.
Thanks for the help!
I would start with a diamond drill bit to drill your glass lump (in a
drill press if possible), a bolt sunk into the stick (possibly a hanger
bolt), and some epoxy to hold the glass to the bolt.
All these things should be available at your local home center, or do a
Now forgive my ignorance, but I'm not too competent with tools. If i
was going to try and hire somebody to do this form me what kind of
trade person or company sould I search for?
(Sorry if this posts twice - my connection is being tempermental...)
Do you know anyone who does general handywork, home repair, auto
maintenance, or just likes tools? Anyone with a drill press, a vise or
clamp of some sort, and some creativity should be all set.
I would accept a "commission" for something like this, and I know a
few friends who would also. (No guarantees on the perfect outcome, so
if it were an especially sentimental lump of glass, I'd pass)
I'd expect $10-15 to cover the cost of the diamond drill bit (only
since I don't already have one), $5-10 for epoxy if I didn't already
have some, plus something for my time (maybe an hour or so?). This
assumes you already have the walking stick to start with.
All in all, if you gave me $50 and a stick, I'd happily attempt to put
a lump of glass on it (and give you most of your money back if it
Hope this helps,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 12:10 PM
Subject: Re: Custom Walking Stick for a Custom Head.
[It would be unlikely that you'd be able to find anything premade on any
website that will hold your irregular lump of glass and attach it to a
walking stick. You'll need to cast or fabricate something, and metal is what
you'd normally use to do that with. It can be bronze, copper, gold, silver,
steel, whatever, but it has to be custom-fitted in order to work. Claws,
prongs, bezels, or screwed-on retaining elements can be used - whatever
On Tue, 24 Oct 2006 10:55:07 -0700, beach9000 wrote:
I know that this is an ancient thread, but it dawns on me that the material
could be a hunk of resins. I used to work in a place that did production
spray painting and the overspray would build up in the spray tunnel to
great thicknesses of a couple inches or more between major cleanings.
If the lump you friend gave you is not -definitely- glass, consider the
possibility that it is simply a hunk of oversprayed paint ... especially
if it is multicolored / multilayered. TRY filing a corner or drilling it
with a standard drill bit. If it's glass you won't be able to ... but if
it's a lump of resins, it will give way quite readily.
Hope this helps ... you never did post the results, so maybe that lump is
sitting off to the side in the 'someday' pile.
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