What would you use to seal this crack in a manzanita walking stick?
Would you just cover the crack with a wrap of leather string instead?
BTW, I tried Elmers white glue (with sawdust) which just shrank.
I tried Durham's Water Putty, but, putty is not a glue, and it just fell
out as the stick flexed over time (it's what my wife uses on hikes).
Note: The business end of the home-made manzanita walking stick worked
out much better than the hand-holding end.
For that tip, I bought a steel sleeve, & a rubber chair leg protector:
The rubber doesn't last long; but the wife likes it (so I keep replacing
it). If there's a better idea than rubber chair leg protectors, let me
True, but then you end up with epoxy-colored epoxy.
Using sawdust or sanding dust gives you a dark color
that generally looks better. And in this application
the strength of the result (which is probably better
with micro-balloons) isn't a concern.
When I made my cane, I used a brass ferrule and stuck in a rubber cork.
They last for 3-5 years but I don't go hiking :(
If you relace the steel tip with one that is, say, 1/2 to 3/4 longer you can
partially insert a rubber cork. It will last much longer, more rubber to
wear. You will probably have to whittle it slightly to skinny part of the
Scott Lurndal wrote, on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:34:03 +0000:
Is this the rubber tip?
It is a bit big for the walking stick I made for the wife; but maybe I
can fit a steel tip on the end, which then would fit the rubber insert.
Mike Marlow wrote, on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:27:26 -0400:
Good question. This walking stick is mostly used on the roadway, but, I
would think people who use canes use 'em on the roadway as well.
It gets maybe, oh, about three miles a day, which is only about 15 miles
a week (roughly, given she only walks weekdays with her friends), so it
lasts roughly 50 to 75 miles.
How long do canes last typically? Do they go a month at 50 to 75 miles?
I don't walk that much but it has been YEARS since I changed my cane tip.
But a factor as important as distance is the surface upon which it is being
used...carpet/wood is one thing, a road is another.
I once spent six weeks mapping the geological structure of a mountain in
Montana, lots of walking on both solid and loose stone surfaces. I shredded
my first pair of heavy sole work shoes and the second pair was half way
A road is not the same as a mountain but it is also not the same as "round
This road isn't paved, per se. It's small rocks pressed into tar. They
have a name for it, but it escapes me at the moment. When they retop it,
there are bits of tar gravel for months, all over the cars. So it's a
Scott Lurndal wrote, on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:13:15 +0000:
Yeah, I'm in the Santa Cruz mountains. Chip-and-seal is what they call
it, you're right. The airport & roads crew comes out every few years to
It is a bit rougher I'd say, than the asphalt on the main roads.
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