I'm not sure what type of wood this is, only that a Star Jasmine is responsible for killing the tree this branch came from.

If I can prepare this without you needing to know the wood type, what sorts of things do I need to coat it with for it to be completely weatherproof and possibly something to make it more durable? When this is completed, I was hoping it would last for a long time if not forever. Intended as a walking cane, it will be shortened, handle added and foot installed at the bottom. I'm assuming it will be used daily as a cane to get around with. So any suggestion on what to use is very helpful.

  • No way anyone will be able to identify the wood for you from this photo, much too little to go on. Apart from that wood IDs were decided on early as being off-topic for this SE.
    – Graphus
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 8:44
  • Are IDs for the type of tools used for carving the top portion of this cane off limits on this SE too? I was about to make a thread asking that.
    – Woodnewb J
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 8:48
  • The secondary thing, the interchangeable tops, should be asked separately. As much as possible it should be one query per Question especially if they are unrelated as here.
    – Graphus
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 8:48
  • No, tool-type recommendations are completely fine. Read this, it's a bit long but it covers most things.
    – Graphus
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 8:51
  • I forgot the follow-up, where can I go for a wood identification on this site?
    – Woodnewb J
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 9:24

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That's a really cool find and looks like it will make an excellent walking stick/cane!

Wood generally lasts a really long time, especially when not laying on the dirt and continually exposed to the elements. Does it need to be coated?

I would just finish (sand/scrape) the hand-hold area well enough to avoid splinters. It might will wear and darken from skin oil/dirty hands, but that could be considered "character" that's added over the years. Especially after the user has passed - it becomes a family heirloom because of the wear.

I can see putting a metal cap on the base to protect it from splintering/crushing from the repeated banging into the ground with each step, especially if used on pavement. A small metal cup hand hammered to fit might work. My FIL would probably drill a hole in the end and run a small lag bolt in and use that. (Kinda kills the heirloom quality workmanship, to be fair.)

Maybe a rubber tip would be a better bet so it's not so noisy on pavement. A screw-in rubber foot might work well. I'd look for something that has a fairly easily replaceable rubber piece that goes into a fixed fitting. Drill a hole, squeeze in some epoxy, screw in the fitting. Buy a stock of replacement rubber tips now (products do go out of production), and present the finished work.

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