Design Sketch: Crazy Horse Carved Walking Cane with Trailing Feathers, Antler Handle, and Scrimshaw

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 09-16-2008 02:28 PM 11753 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you found this page by searching for something related to Native American Indian Carved Walking canes, you might also like to see these finished canes I’ve made:

  1. Apache Geronimo Cane
  2. Cherokee Chief & Blackfoot Chief Curly Bear Cane Set
  3. Apache Cochise Cane
  4. Apache Chief Cochise #2 Cane
  5. Shoshone Chief Cane
  6. Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick

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 reading,
Mark DeCou

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Cane Customer Story:

This walking cane has been designed for a guy that has had two back surgeries in the past two years, with possibly another yet to come. He collects art with Native American themes, and has spent time living in a TeePee. Osage Orange is his favorite wood, and he owns a bow made from it. He wants the cane to be very strong with a handle that he can lean on. So, knowing that, I designed this cane for him to consider.

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Crazy Horse Carved Face Walking Cane
  1. Height: 38” Tall.
  2. Handle Details: Kansas Whitetail Deer Shed Antler with an inlayed piece of synthetic ivory on the Rosette End, with a synthetic ivory cap on the back end of the handle.
  3. Scrimshaw: On the Front of the handle, a Native American TeePee scene with the words “Sioux Tribe” will be scratched with a knife and darkened with black India Ink. The Back of the Handle will have “A III G” monogram scratched with a knife and darkened with black India Ink.
  4. Carving: The main feature in this design is a carved face inspired by the Famous Tribal Chief Crazy Horse. His feathered Headress and Roach will trail into twisting feathers down the shaft of the cane. To see actual examples of cane shafts carved similar in style, click here
  5. Wood: The Shaft of this cane will be made from Osage Orange wood. The wood will be sun-tanned to a dark orange color.
  6. Coloring: To accent the carving, the carving will be painted with thinned acrylic paints, and air-brushed with tinted lacquer.
  7. Tip: A brass Ferrel and a replaceable rubber tip will be put on the bottom of the cane.
  8. Wood Finish: The final wood finish will be nitrocellulose lacquer.

Alternate: An alternate design would be to carve trailing feathers down the shaft of the cane, without the face of Crazy Horse. Another idea would be to cave the “Crazy Horse” in lettering down in conjunction with the feathers.

Other Alternates: We’ve tossed around a couple of other ideas to consider, you can see the click here to see the Carved Long Feather Cane

If you’d like to see some actual canes I’ve done instead of just sketches, you can click here

If you would like to seem more on Scrimshaw, click here

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(Note: This blog, project design, and images are copyrighted in 2008 by the Author, M.A.DeCou. If you want to use any part of this posting or the photos, for any Feeds, or a book, or another website, or for any reason whatsoever, even ones that I could not have dreamed about you doing before you did it, you must ask for permission first. Please. Weblinks back to this page are permitted without my prior permission.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 09-16-2008 03:15 PM

Another great idea Mark! It would be cool to incorporate some pipestone into this somehow as well.

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#2 posted 09-16-2008 05:48 PM

Nice design Mark.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 09-16-2008 05:50 PM

Thanks guys.

Christopher: I do have quite a bit of Catlinite red Pipestone from the Sacred quarry, left over from the days when I used to make Ceremonial Pipes for people with twisted carved wood stems.

I hadn’t thought about using it on this cane, but that would be a good way to inlay some color, and add a real “heart” of Native American Sioux life. We’ll see what the customer thinks of this idea.


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#4 posted 07-09-2015 06:17 PM

So cool! Inspired by your craftsmanship

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