Design Sketch: Carved Long Eagle Feathers on a Walking Cane , with Two Handle Options

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 09-16-2008 05:43 PM 9598 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you are just surfing through the internet about Walking Canes and found this posting, 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.

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thanks for reading, hope to hear from you.
Mark DeCou

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Cane Customer Story:

This walking cane design shows a couple of alternative ideas 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.

If you would like to see the 1st Design Idea with Crazy Horse, click here

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Native American-Styled Carved Eagle Feather Walking Cane
  1. Height: 38” Tall.
  2. Handle Details: Option 1: Laminated/Glued Osage Orange Crook Top handle. Option 2: 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 Handle Option 2:, 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 set of large Carved Eagle Feathers to give the cane a Native American-Style appeal. The feathers will wrap around the cane shaft.
  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.

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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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 09-16-2008 05:52 PM

An interesting modification. Good luck.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-16-2008 05:58 PM

I’m all for the feathers!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 09-16-2008 06:03 PM

I think the feathers will look great!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 02:32 AM


I am planning on doing a cane for my Father who is overweight and aging too fast. He is into science, as I am, and I was thinking of doing some carving on his cane inspired by your works and our mutual love of logic. The question I have is I don’t have a lot of money as a single father of three kids but I need a set of carving tools, can you recommend a good quality set that I depend on that is not too expensive?

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