I have cut 15 cedar poles for use as hiking staffs for the guys in my
Cub Scout den. I want to let them dry for the next year or so and
then strip the bark, smooth them down and apply spar varnish. I also
plan to apply a brass name plate, stainless tip and a leather strap.
I will present the staffs during their crossover ceremony into the Boy
Scouts when they complete the second year Webelos program.
Any thoughts or suggestions on how to completely strip the bark down
to the bare wood?
Better yet, have the kids strip the bark, sand and varnish. Your way,
the first thing you'll have after the presentation is a bunch of little
Darth Mauls whacking away at each other. Make 'em work for the staffs,
and they'll treasure them.
I still have mine (saguaro rib).
I completly agree, let them work for it, that is what I did with my scouts,
tho we used persimmon. A drw Knife works great but i would leave off the
sanding and let a little bark remaine, Looks much better.
Ah, brings back memories! As an 8 YO playing sandlot football with
some 'older guys' the quarterback asked me to run out four steps and
turn right for a pass. "I've never done that before" was my response
to which he said without hesitation "Then you can't learn any
On Sat, 7 Apr 2007 17:51:37 -0700, "Roger Shoaf"
Thanks for the suggestions.
I will make the hiking staffs a project for their "Craftsman" activity
My guys have all earned their "Whittlin Chip" and they are careful
with their sharp objects.
I require parental involvement and when we are whittlin they pair off
and keep sufficient distance from the next pair.
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