This staff has an ash shaft with an oak top. The spacers are leather and brass. The head is fixed to the shaft with a piece of 8mm stainless steel bar and the antler tips with a piece of 6mm stainless steel bar. A couple more coats of wax/oil and it's ready to go.
Another beauty Andy, my first thoughts were, add a spiked ferrule and u got a sweet shooting stick.
A couple of questions,
mines had a few more coats linseed oil,should I carry on with that or is it worth waxing it now or a mix of both?
do you make she...., sheal......, knobsticks?
Ship i oil mine a few times first i think that the oil soaks in better being thinner. Then after about a week of oiling it everyday i oil and wax it for the next few days. One advantage you have using the oil/wax mix is that after you've applied it let it dry and you can buff it. It won't be as shiny as if it had been varnished but i prefer it, and i think oiling a staff is better than varnishing it because the oil soaks in, where varnish sits on the top. As the staff gets a few little knocks, as they all do eventually, this damages the varnish and lets water in under the varnish causing the wood to swell and more varnish coming off.
I have been thinking of fitting an alpine spike, one i make myself, because i agree it would make a decent rest for a rifle.
Do i make sillelaghs........i have been hoping to find a nice piece of wood to have a go. Not found one yet.If and when i do i think it may take quite a while to dry because i'd like to use a harder wood and the thickness of the top.