First of all, I will talk about the type of wood we use, we call it hackberry. The scientific name of this tree is Celtis australis, although it is also commonly known by a wide variety of names such as: lidón, hawthorn, latonero, lironero, etc. And in other languages and countries such as lodoeiro, lledoner, almeza, lódão-bastardo, Mediterranean hackberry, etc.
Hackberry wood, due to its properties such as its green elasticity and hardness when dry, is possibly the best to make some of our items such as: canes, clubs, clubs, crooks, hiking poles, staves and pitchforks.
The first step is to cut the rods in the field that we have been taking care of with care for several years, since you have to water, fertilize, prune, etc. The best ones are selected for our artisan products and brought to our workshop.
In the next step they are put in a hot oven for approximately 15 minutes, turning them over so that they cook well on both sides. The sense of putting them in the oven is to be able to peel the rods easily and straighten them. On the other hand, to be able to make the curvature of the cane or club, the rod must be very hot otherwise it would break.
Before making the bend, the rod must be straightened in a device that we call a colt. After this step, the rod is cut at the best part to make the curvature and some notches are made in the end so that later the cane or club can be tied.
Now you are ready to proceed to shaping the cane in a traditional way, with a very old and totally manual machine.
The tip of the cane or club is placed in the machine and the handle is turned and little by little the rod takes shape, once the curvature is fully realized, the cane is tied with a thread. The machine is opened, it is taken out and READY !!!!
But the process does not end here yet, after the previous step, the stick would have to be left tied with the thread for several months in our dryer. This is done so that the wood dries out and does not return the stick to its original shape.
After time the baton can be reworked, the baton should be reheated and straightened since in the drying process it tends to twist slightly. Then the thread is removed and a process of brushing, sanding, painting, carving, etc. begins.
You can make a wide variety of canes or clubs with different decorations, colors, heights, etc. And for any occasion. Here are some examples, if you click on the photo of each model you can see them in detail.
They are used for many activities such as pilgrimages, hiking, hunting, collecting mushrooms, country walks and much more. And of course for people with reduced mobility to go safely and with a firm step.
I hope you liked it and it turned out to be interesting, later I will add more post to explain how pitchforks are made, how hackberries are pruned, etc ...
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