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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Carrizozo NM

Hickory walking stick, November 9, 2011
Hickory walking stick, November 9, 2011
Brass walking stick tip, November 9, 2011
Brass walking stick tip, November 9, 2011

Hickory walking stick

I've been on the lookout for the perfect stick to make a walking stick for a long long time and this wonderful old hickory flail handle caught my attention amongst the stuff I've been getting rid of.

So I brought it along on this winter's journey to see what I could make of it.

It's so old (maybe 150 years) and so beautifully made I could't bring myself to alter it in any way and I hope I don't bang it up too much on the trail. Last week I turned a brass tip to fit over and protect the hand whittled fitting at the end that was used to attach the flail head. Then a couple of days ago I braided the handle in vegetable tanned kangaroo. The hand strap is a repurposed cord I had lying about but I'm not really satisfied with it. It's a little too slender - I think I'll braid a thicker one, maybe of eight strands instead of four, and try that.

Prusik Knot

That's a Prusik Knot fastening the strap to the braided handle. The Prusik Knot holds firmly when under tension, but loosens easily when free of tension so the strap can be moved up and down the handle. I borrowed the idea from Kingfisher Woodworks hiking stick lanyard.

Night camp

Site 11 - Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Carrizozo NM

Commitment is the Glue that Binds

But, the component of personal commitment is my favorite lesson from GTD project planning. It means I’ve knowingly agreed to let this thing become an acceptable interruption in my life. It means that other things might have to wait because of this, and that’s okay. Maybe most importantly though, commitment is the glue that binds your daily activities to your “higher altitudes”—it’s how you can make sure your values and your priorities in life are reflected in what you do every day.

A Year of Getting Things Done: Part 1, The Good Stuff by Merlin Mann, 43folders.com

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