Asian Inspired Cane

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 06-28-2009 06:40 AM 1227 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I was commissioned to make an oriental style cane. I posted a question here asking what it should have on it, and have decided on the dragon. The price of this cane is low, so I had to figure out what I could do to stay in budget. Needless to say, I’m not on budget, but it’s a nice cane. I couldn’t spend the time I wanted to designing this piece. The price wasn’t accomodating enough I guess. I did the dragon inlay work and unfortunately that’s probably about the only asian thing on it. LOL. But it’s still nice.

This cane is commissioned by another woodworker. He specifically said he was buying it to support another artist, and that he wanted a bad ass cane. Those are his actual words. Frankly, I don’t even think he needs a cane, he just saw my other work and had to have one. I think this is probably the greatest compliment I have ever received. Another woodworker purchasing my work as a piece of art. It’s beyond words to me, and I can’t thank him enough. Hopefully this meets his expectations.

Anyhow, here she is in raw form. I’ll have to ask Gary what the handle was again, but the rest is Walnut with a maple dragon. I am going to ebonize the walnut. I will post pictures of this when it is done. Thanks for looking, and as always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 06:43 AM

this is a beauty ,,, what will you use for finish ?

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 06:48 AM

Dan, I’m going to “attempt” to ebonize the walnut without effecting the inlay, handle, and base, and then I am going to use gloss lacquer. It’s going to be a long day tomorrow. LOL I’ll put money on me F%$#ing it up. LOL

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 07:14 AM

A great cane well done way to go Keith

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 01:25 PM

Great dragon, you said that had been done, but I knew, not by you!

Beautiful so far!! Great!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 02:39 PM

nice inlay. never tried inlay work. but i like that one.

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 02:41 PM

Great job Keith. Looking great.

-- 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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#7 posted 06-28-2009 03:17 PM

Beautiful cane love the inlay.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 06-28-2009 04:48 PM

Knifed-in inlay on a curve and controlled ebonizing in the same project. Keith, if anybody can pull it off, you’re the man. Beautiful!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 06-28-2009 05:00 PM

great work ! keep it up ,
beautifull inlay .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 06-28-2009 05:38 PM

Great job. Love the curved inlay. Can’t wait to see what the finish will look like.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#11 posted 06-28-2009 05:44 PM

Nice inlay. It looks like it will be stunning.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 06-28-2009 05:53 PM

Nice looking cane. I believe the handle is quartersawn sycamore.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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