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