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Walking pole

Riven heart rimu ('red pine') from North Okarito Forest, felled by Jan Derks in 1986
Top fork found in a woodpile
Spline of recycled kwila decking
Antique Sterling Silver napkin rings
Nylon braid

Walking poles are traditionally used by shepherds and high-country walkers as a third leg - when sidling they provide upslope stability, when river crossing they stabilise footing. In urban, everyday use, they provide balance and protection. The wrist loop stops the pole from disappearing downstream or downslope. Refresh the finish with paste wax and a polishing cloth.

Made by Malcolm Macpherson for the 2013 Alexandra Rotary Club dinner auction. The seventh in a series begun in 2006.

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