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Blog entry by mpounders posted 01-31-2014 11:03 PM 645 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m working on a cane for my son-in-law’s father. He’s a fanatical turkey hunter and this is a surprise for his birthday in March. John provided a turkey foot as a model for me and I took pictures and enlarged them to get the foot to a size that would be usable as a cane handle. I also modified one of the claws to prevent having a piece sticking out that might get broken. I have a glue joint fight below that toe, so I have the grain of the wood running properly for strength. The hook is also doweled and glued in. So it’s working out pretty good so far.

Here is the blank roughly shaped, besides the real thing.

Here is some more shaping completed.

Here I’ve started burning in the scales and such.

And here is most of the painting completed. I was told that the entire foot is normally the red color, but that it sometimes fades, so that is how I attempted to paint this.


It’s starting to look like it’s from a 100 pound turkey! Thanks for looking!

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



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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 11:17 PM

Wow, that looks great, so realistic. That must be one big drum stick on a turkey that size!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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peteg

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 11:36 PM

Mike I always love seeing your latest work, this is a real beauty, it looks so realistic. Fabulous job, I’d have a hard job giving this one away :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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leafherder

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 11:50 PM

I would not want to make the owner angry – that thing looks lethal. Great job on the carving and painting! I look forward to seeing the complete cane.

-- Leafherder

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Roger

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 12:39 AM

You are da man, Mike. WowZa!! Super nice carving, as always. The receiver is gonna flip.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bearpie

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 12:29 AM

At least it is staying in the family so maybe it won’t hurt so much to give it away? Great job on the carving and painting!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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jroot

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 12:53 AM

I like it. I used to make canes and spindles, .... in a former life. :) This is truly quite pleasing to the eye. It will get quite a few $$$ if you decide to sell it. One of a kind. ....

-- jroot

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Bob Current

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 02:07 AM

Scary realistic, he will be impressed. Great job.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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