I jumped the back fence several months ago. We have a canyon out there and there is a lot of deadfall and detritus that I like to rummage through for odds and ends that might make interesting additions to my project list.
The last adventure uncovered this length of acacia which I thought might make a neat cane.
It’s very hard wood, so carving it has taken a lot of hours. Obviously, the thing can’t get chucked up on my lathe, so I took some killer grinding bits to it with my Dremel. I don’t have any powercarving tools other than the little Dremel Pro I’ve been using for smaller work, but it’s slowly working.
I recently got a box of random cut-offs from Rockler and found a couple of neat pieces to set up as the handle of the cane. I’m pretty sure it’s redheart in the middle, but the top knob part I’m not so sure about. Probably walnut or some such. It’s hard, dark and smells sweet when cut.
I made a tenon out of cherry to connect the three parts, then used regular old wood glue to set them up. It’s pretty solid. Cherry was primarily because i am kind of a purist and wanted to keep the whole thing comprised of exotics; of course, I didn’t have a dowel or other suitable wood besides cherry to make the custom tenon anyway.
I’m in the middle of shaping now. This acacia is very heavy, so I have a lot of thinning left to do on this thing.
-- Slice, whack, smack, bang bang, sploosh, scrape, done.