Ready, Fire, Aim: Twisted Laminations Cane

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Blog series by Lee Barker updated 03-25-2011 12:38 AM 3 parts 8850 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Why not?

03-07-2011 09:30 PM by Lee Barker | 4 comments »

Thursday last a very good client asked if I could make him a cane. “Unique” was his only request. I have made canes before, but mostly by putting a T-handle on a limb of some gnarlment. In pondering the word unique I couldn’t get past the cliche of multi-colored lamination with purpleheart in the middle. Hey, it looks great, looks right, looks strong. Then I thought about giving it a twist. Friday: First I cut my 1.25 inch stock (various species) to length&#...

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Part 2: So Now How Do You Get It Round?

03-07-2011 09:43 PM by Lee Barker | 5 comments »

A scraper removed the excess glue. Looks like about 120 degrees of twist. The other flat laminations that I had glued up in the same process were easy—clean them and square them and then octagonized them on the TS and they’re ready for rounding. This was both bigger and harder to handle, and wouldn’t sit stably on the TS. I could have built a carriage I suppose, but instead I turned to my Ritter edge sander, 4×132, with 80 grit paper. I clamped a stop on the ...

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Part 3: Three Finished Products

03-25-2011 12:38 AM by Lee Barker | 5 comments »

Three coats of Daly’s ProFin provide the splash here. The spiral cane came out ok, but perhaps could have used a little more contrast in the species to really pop. I consider it a successful one-off right out of the chute, to mix a metaphor. The straight laminations are attractive, but I don’t see the colors of the handle coordinating well with the browns of the shaft. I’ll consider carefully those hue relationships next time and glue up a couple or three different opt...

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