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"a Hunter's Cane" - decorative squeeze-out?

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 05-06-2011 06:41 PM 703 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finishing up a few minor details with this cane, gluing the pieces together and taking it for a test-drive.. I seem to spend a lot of time on some of these details, but they are as important as the carving and other work. A beautiful carving doesn’t seem to go with a poorly constructed cane and vice versa. I like to walk at least a few miles with my sticks, to make sure they feel right and are comfortable for the future owner. I have been thinking a lot about how the antler is joined to the carved portion of the shaft and decided to go with the method shown above. I use a threaded steel rod and epoxy to join my pieces and I had the idea to over load the area between the two pieces so that I could form the squeeze-out into a lumpy, bumpy formation that mimicked the texture of the antler. I had to play with it by adding additional amounts until I got it to bulge out just like I wanted and then I careful held it and rotated it to keep it from sagging too much until it hardened up a bit. After drying , Ive spent a few days using acrylic paint and laquer to get it just the right color and contrast (it really looks a little better in person). Here are a few more pictures.


I am pleased with how it is turning out. All these years I have been cleaning up glue and sanding and trying to get tight invisible joints and now I find out I could have just been making the squeeze-out look pretty! Who knew?

Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com



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Dez

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 07:29 PM

Seems that the more you do something the more you learn eh? Looks very nice, great job!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 02:20 AM

Great tip, it looks like it belongs there! I think you saved yourself at least a couple of hours cleaning up the squeeze-out. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the cane!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 05:56 PM

awesome looking cane there mike

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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