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Design Sketch: Walking Thumb Stick made from a Birch Sapling and Antler with Inlay & Scrimshaw

2184 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 1 comment »

If you are just surfing through the internet about Walking Canes, and you want to see some actual canes I’ve carved, click on the Widget Picture of the cane here. That project has more than 40 other links to other unique carved walking canes I’ve built. This blog entry is for showing a new concept sketch of a carved walking cane design that I am working on so that the prospective customer can view the concept drawings and provide his input, or approval. thanks for readi...

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Concept Sketch: President Barak Obama Carved Bust Top Political Figure Collector Cane

2185 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 13 comments »

Another short Blog entry to post a concept sketch of a President Barak Obama Walking Cane. This cane design has been inspired by several historical examples of Election and Political Figure “Bust Top” collector walking canes. I have another design I’m working on the concept sketch for with an “Abraham Lincoln Bust Top” walking cane, and he’s deceased, and so that can not be determined as “politics”, just art. Ha. thanks for looking,Mark ...

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Design Sketches: "Welsh-Inspired" Market Crook Stick with Carved Border Collie Herding Dog

2185 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 5 comments »

UPDATE 10-23-2008: This stick has been finished, you can see the project posting here or click the “widget” pictures below. - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - Original Posting: This is a simple Blog entry to post a couple of concept sketches for a Walking Stick design that I’ve been asked to build. The ...

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Hat Making Tool: Prototypes #1 & #2 of the DeCou Studio Formillon and Conformer

2194 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 5 comments »

Update 2-19-2009: For photos of the restored Maillard Conformateur & Formillon For photos showing another restored Maillard Formillon here And photos of a Carrying Case for the Maillard Allie Conformateur and Formillon - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - ——sorry photos aren’t loading, I’m working on repairing this...

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Design Sketch: Folk-Art Walking Cane with Carved Face of Christ, in Figured Bubinga, Antler Handle

2219 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 5 comments »

This blog entry is to post a concept sketch for a custom walking cane for customer approval. If you are a new reader, and like custom walking canes, follow this link that will lead to other project postings of several of my finished walking canes and hiking sticks:Carved Walking Cane thanks for reading,Mark DeCouMy Website- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - ̵...

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A New Persective on my Business; A Hot Air Balloon Tour of the Kansas Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie

2220 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 29 comments »

(I haven’t done this style of blogging for awhile. With so many new LJ’ers now on this website, I’ve figured most of us don’t want to see these long-winded-folksy style, non-woodworking, rambling, style blogs anymore. But, this is a story about “Hot Air”, so I’ll let a bunch out along with the photos.) This blog could easily be subtitled: ”Facing Your Fears with Hot Air.”Read on further to find out why. July 29th, 2008: I wa...

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Progression Photos on the "The Greatest Story Ever Told" Walking Cane Project

2247 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 12 comments »

Realizing that the story and photos of this walking cane project are decidedly Christian in content, if you are offended by such things, you should read another Blog. This project is a cane that I was commissioned to build, which tells the story of the Old Testament, the New Testament, and will be used to talk about the customer’s faith as he uses the symbols to tell the story. I hope that if you are offended by the content, that you will at least enjoy the woodworking process that is...

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Designing a Prototype Wooden Curling Iron for custom Hatmakers to curl up the edge of Hat Brims

2263 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 3 comments »

”Wood meets Felt” aka “Woodworker Meets Hatmakers” I’ve been trying to fit into my spare time the tedious work of making of several different hatmaking tool prototypes. Each of them has come along as a result of a custom hatmaker asking for one, and so I have met some cool folks that are passionately working at something they love doing. Hopefully, all of us will get tired of ball caps at some point and look for a style that is better looking, and actually...

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Planning "Steps" for a Carved Story Stick, "The Gospel" Commissioned Walking Cane

2278 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 9 comments »

My recent lumberjock postings of the walking cane work I have done recently has brought a lot of interest from folks wanting me to build them special, unique, elaborately detailed, walking canes and sticks. This new blog communicates the design process on one cane as I prepare to start the carving, and get approvals on the final design. The customer is a Youth Pastor, and needs to use a tall walking cane to support a bad knee. He and I have been designing this project for several weeks...

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Trying my big hairy hands at Silversmithing Work, first photos of my 4th project

2311 days ago by Mark A. DeCou | 12 comments »

I think it is really important to constantly try to learn new things. Could just be my ADHD. But, I’m too old for medications, so I take on new things to learn to keep my mind freed-up from boredom. I just don’t like doing anything the same, more than once, or twice. And, I’ve been trying to find ways to make a niche for myself in the vast internet woodworking world. To that end, I try unique crafts, and do cross-discipline, mixed-media work, in the hopes that my work...

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