How to Straighten Wood Walking Sticks

How to Straighten Wood Walking SticksAlthough decorative walking sticks often have interesting, gnarled patterns, walking sticks meant for use should be fairly straight. Tree limbs and saplings are often somewhat curved in their natural state, and can become even more curved as they dry. Fortunately, it's still possible to straighten a wood walking stick after it has cured.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Walking stick
  • Wet rag
  • Propane torch
  • Tongs
 
Step 1
Soak a rag in water and wrap it around the bent part of the stick.
Step 2
Heat the rag with a propane torch so that it is hot enough to steam, but not hot enough to burn. Turn off the torch while the rag is still wet.
Step 3
Remove the rag with a pair of tongs.
Step 4
Gently bend the stick against its natural bend to straighten it. Press it against your knee, a worktable or some other surface. If you opt to press it against your knee, be sure you are wearing thick jeans to avoid scorching yourself.
Step 5
Wait for the stick to cool. Inspect it to see if it is straight enough. If not, repeat the process.
 

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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