|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 10-11-2008 10:53 PM||8282 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This Hiking Stick has been ”Sold” and resides in Phoenix, Arizona USA
Serial Number #2008-37
Height: 53.75 inches
If you are surfing looking for a special walking cane on the internet, go toward the bottom of this posting where you’ll find a list of canes that I have built that are ready to ship immediately. Also, there are links to several more customized canes that have already been sold to give you ideas for your own commissioned cane.
You can reach me by emailing to:
Or you can visit the DeCou Website
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I like to go for hikes and walks with the kids, when I like to take a Stick along. Most of the time I have nothing but a fallen limb, or a piece of scrap from the wood shop, putting all of the cool sticks I make in a box and shipping them out. But, several months ago I built myself a really cool Walking Stick out of a twisted piece of drift wood and a section of elk antler, and I enjoyed using it.
Then, early in the summer, a nice man from South Carolina found the photos on the internet, and emailed me asking if he could buy it. So, I have been Stickless for a few months now.
Which in a way, is sad, I’ve made a lot of sticks and canes this year, just not for myself. Remember that old saying, “the painter’s house is always the ugliest on the block.” Well, that is the situation here as well with walking sticks.
So, this past week, I did a practice stick while engineering the details for a commissioned sapling walking stick and built myself another Stick. This one is tall, so I will call it a Hiking Stick.
I haven’t figured out what to put on the antler end cap. I enjoy doing Scrimshaw artwork, but have rarely done anything for myself to keep. “What’s Scrimshaw, you Say?” You can go to this older blog story for more information on the art form, and several examples of my artwork.
Anyway, at this point, I haven’t received the inspiration of what Scrimshaw Artwork to include on this Stick. In the mean time, if someone decides they would like this Hiking Stick, then I can do whatever artwork they would like to have on the end. Until then, I’ll just use the Stick.
I just have always liked Turquoise. I don’t really know why. We are all drawn to something. For me it is something naturally occuring, and aqua in color. So, for me, turquoise is my favorite, although I can’t tell you why. I’ve only been to the Southwest part of the country four times, and two of those trips were very memorable vacation trips with the family when I was a kid. So, that may be the reason. We’ll just say it is at this point. I get emails every month from someone suggesting I move my business down to where the “real money” is in Santa Fe, or Sedona, or somewhere else. But, I’m a Kansas boy, and I’d like my kids to be Kansas Kids as well. So, we just stay here, and hope that Google is nice to us.
Liking turquoise, and affording Turquoiset, are two different things these days.
Used to be that the pretty little stones were “cheap.” Not anymore. It is has become an expensive stone to buy. A stone like I used on this Hiking Stick can cost as much as 10 gallons of gasoline, (see what I mean?).
And there are way more fakes than real stones out there. I’ve been “taken” a few times, and so I buy turquoise very cautiously nowadays. This turquoise nugget is the Real-Deal, and so I cut the stone in half, and inlayed half of it in a custom knife handle this week, and the other half in this Hiking Stick.
Finding a Sapling:
The Sapling for this project came from one of my Elementary School classmates. He was talking to another of our classmates about the silly work that I’m trying to make a living at, and then, I received a gift of a bunch of Red Birch Saplings all cut to length for a Hiking Stick.
Isn’t it interesting how we meet other kids in 1st Grade, and all of these years later we still care enough to go cut sapllings for each other? It’s not easy finding people like that. Pretty well choked me up when I was given the sticks. Good people in Kansas.
So, I’ve been patiently waiting on the Saplings to dry, protecting them for the wood boring bugs. And finally, this week one of those Saplings found it’s way into a new Hiking Stick. On many of my Sticks, I’ve had to steam/fire straighten them. This time, I decided to keep the stick just as it grew, with a couple of curves in it.
I left the bark on it, and left the limb nubs a little long and sanded them smooth, just for “character.” After gently sanding the bark surface, I apply a satin-lacquer finish to seal the bark and give it a smoother texture, a technique I saw used by other furniture builders in the Western Design Conference where I showed my work during 2006.
Shaft: Kansas Red Birch sapling
Thumb-Stick Top: Burled Walnut Ring, Black-Gold Fantasy Marble, Figured Maple, burnt orange vulcanized rubber spacers, Kansas Whitetail Deer shed antler. On the end of the Antler tops is a Turquoise Nugget anbd the other side is capped with synthetic ivory
Tip: Brass Ferrule, w/ Replaceable Rubber Tip
Cane Sample Slideshow: To hear Music, click the Speaker Icon
More Walking Sticks & Canes:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you won’t find very many canes pictured there. I do realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are few more of my canes posted at lumberjocks, thanks for your patience.
Handmade Finished Canes For Sale, Ready to Ship Now:
ETSY.com Online Shop Inventory: Click Here to Visit my Cane Inventory PageSome Cane that are Unsold:
- Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick, Serial N0. 2009-06
- Folk-Art Carved Pirate Face Cane -Serial No. 2005-16
- Folk-Art Carved Mountain Man Face Cane -Serial No. 2006-03
- Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
- Rustic Natural Walking Stick, Nanny McPhee Movie Inspired, Serial No. 2009-07
- Fancy Dress Cane, Curly Ambrosia Maple Handle with Black Spiral Shaft, Serial No. 2008-21
- Fancy Dress Cane, Walnut Bamboo Inspired Shaft, Buffalo Horn Laminated Handle, Serial No. 2008-23
- Scrimshaw Artwork Walnut Cane -Serial No. 2008-08
- Red Oak/Black Lacquered Twisted Cane -Serial No. 2008-14
- Red Oak Barley Twist Walking Cane -Serial No. 2008-15
- Walnut Ball-Top Dress Cane -Serial No. 2008-06
- Walnut Cane with Chrome Ball Knob -Serial No. 2008-20
- Carved Thumbstick Hiking Sticks with Composite Malachite -Serial No. 2008-24
- Bishop’s Carved Walnut Crosier
- Nascar’s Jimmie Johnson Themed Walking Cane
- Carved Oak Leaf Walking Stick
- Folk-Art Smiling Wood Spirit Face Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle
- Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
- Folk-Art Pirate Carved Face Cane w/ Deer Antler Handle
- Cartoon Character Taz, Folk Art One-of-a-kind Art Cane
- Sculpted Wood Spirit Face Cane
- Folk-Art Wood Spirit Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle & Scrimshaw
- Folk Art Mountain Man Face Cane
- Shamrock Wood Spirit Irish-Theme Face Cane
- Walnut Wood Spirit Face Cane with Antler & Turquoise
- Collection of Face Carved Canes
- Moses-Inspired Face Carved Cane w/ Antler & Turquoise
- Shepherd's Stick, Carved Border Collie Welsh-Style Dog Show Trial Stick
- Carved Oak Leaf Walking Cane with Scrimshaw Artwork
- Amazing Grace Music Notes Carved Cane
- A Lady’s Elegant Red Long-Stem Rose Carved Cane
- Prairie Fire Hand-Carved Hiking Thumb Sticks
- A Folk-Art Carved Albatross Head & Snake Walnut Cane
- Carved Folk-Art Walking Cane; 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' Story Stick with Scrimshaw Artwork-
- Apache Chief Geronimo Folk-Art Face Cane
- Folk Art Native American Face Cane Set
- Apache Chief Cochise Folk-Art Face Cane
- Folk Art Carved Cane of Shoshone Chief
- Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick
- Apache Chief Cochise #2 Folk-Art Face Cane
- Scrimshaw Art Trophy Buck Deer Head
- Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Praying Mantis Insect
- Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Floppy Eared Bunny Face & Walnut Barley Twist
- Big & Tall Barley Twisted Oak with Scrimshawn Handle
- Walnut & Curly Maple Cane with Scrimshaw
- Scrimshaw Art Walnut Cane
- Fancy Barley Twist with Scrimshaw Cane
- Lady's Dress Cane, Red Oak, Walnut, Black Lacquer, & Scrimshaw Artwork of a Purple Cone Flower
- Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
- Nanny McPhee Movie-Inspired Crooked Walking Stick
- Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Cane
- Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Walking Stick
- Shepherd's Crook Hiking Stick
- Black Locust Tree Sapling Walking Stick
- Red BirchTree Sapling Hiking Stick
- Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
- Big & Tall Walnut & Maple Barley Twist Custom Cane
- Big & Tall Red Oak and Antler with Scrimshaw Monogram
- White Oak Barley Twist Cane
- Osage Orange Barley Twist Cane
- Walnut & Figured Maple Barley Twist cane
- Black Walnut and Spalted Sycamore Barley Twist
- Red Oak Barley Twist with Black Lacquer
- Red Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Handle
- Dress Cane, Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Ring
- Bryan's Cane, The Start of my Cane Journey
- Pink Ivory and Elk Antler Dress Walking Stick
- Coiled Ribbon Twisted Spalted White Oak with Walnut Handle
- Polished Black Steer Horn Upright Walking Stick
- Mexican Bocote Wood, Elk Antler Handle with Hand-Wrought Fine Silver End Caps
- Fancy Walking Cane, Camphor Burl, Maple, Bubinga, Whitetail Deer Antler, Inlays & Silver End Caps
- Custom Dress-Up Walking Cane, Walnut shaft with a Camphor Burl Handle
- Walnut & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
- White Birch & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
- Walnut Bamboo-Style Cane with Chrome Ball Top
- Walnut & Buffalo Horn Dress Cane
- Bird's Eye Maple Cane
- Spalted Sycamore Walking Cane
- Walnut Tall Knob Top Opera Cane
- Zebrawood & Walnut Knob Top Opera Cane
- Dress Cane Set, with several Material Options Shown
What is Scrimshaw Artwork?:
A Scrimshaw Art Journey: What it is & How to Do it; Five Simple Steps to Success
Click here to go to My Website page with Walking Canes
- Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works in Wichita, Kansas
- Hutchinson Art Center in Hutchinson, Kansas
- Prairie Past Times Antiques & Crafts in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
You can contact these gallery stores directly and see what they still have in stock. They will ship to you if you buy something. If you prefer, you can also email me, as I keep fairly current on what is “unsold.”
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Background: My Cane Making Story:
I enjoy sculpting walking canes. Some folks call them Folk-Art Canes, while others call them Artisan Canes, some call them Carved Canes, while others call them Walking Sticks. There is quite a bit of argument about whether something should be called Sculpture or Carving. They could be considered Functional-Art, which is the type of work that I am usually drawn to. No matter what these canes are called, they seem to bring joy to the owners, and I have been asked to make quite a few of them in the past 5-6 years.
I started making canes on the request of a nice married couple I met on a church-building short-term mission trip to Mexico City in the early 1990’s. Several years after our trip, their son-in-law was diagnosed with bone cancer, and so they wanted to get him a specially made cane that he would enjoy using. They had heard from others that I had quit my corporate office job and started doing woodworking full-time. So, they contacted me to make his cane.
Sadly, I also built him a casket, another first for me, about a year later
Since the time I did that first Cane for Bryan, I have enjoyed the work on the canes that I have been able to make, but more importantly, the people that I have been able to meet and help along the journey. I do make a bunch of unique items and furniture, but without a doubt, I receive more correspondence and thank-you cards from cane customers than any of the other items I make, combined. So, they are fun for me to build, and I look forward to each new person and situation.
To keep a handle on all of the memories, I engrave a small serial number on each brass cane tip, and then I keep a detailed database log of each cane, customer, and situation. The list always brings me warm memories each time I scan it and remember the folks that have supported my work over the years, and vice versa.
Still Want to See more of my work?
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