|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 04-05-2015 04:12 PM||723 views||2 times favorited||1 comment|
I’ve made many walking canes and hiking sticks, mostly for other people, but these days I find one very useful myself too. A couple years ago I made myself a sort of combination cane/hiking stick – higher than a walking cane, but shorter than most hiking sticks. That one is for my daily constitutional – a nice long morning walk. That turned out very useful in other ways too, but recently I decided something a little fancier was in order – sort of a ‘Sunday-Go-To-Meeting’ affair.
This the result. This one has a stylized ‘Wolf’s Head’ carved from cherry on a shaft of local post oak. I keep a limb saw in my car and watch for limbs as nice cane candidates and try to keep a supply of hardwood shafts seasoning all the time because I like making canes as gifts. Most of my contemporaries these days are nearing the age for cane carrying.
The fragile ears are drilled and pinned with 2d nails (with the heads snipped off) to prevent breaking. The cane tip is a regular rubber crutch tip ordered online – I keep a supply on hand in both white and black. The end of the shaft which receives the tip is reinforced with a copper nipple sweated over the shaft tip which is carved and sanded for a close fit. A 1/2” copper nipple exactly fits a 5/8” crutch tip. After final sanding the cane is finished with three to four coats of a high quality marine varnish sanded with 320 paper between coats. I always take the precaution of putting the owner’s name and telephone number in indelible ink on the canes before the varnishing. I have left my own stick in various places too often to mention, and having the name on it is a great help in recovery. You can get very attached to your stick!
This new one has turned out very slick and nice – except now I am a little self-conscious about it being too nice to use! Guess I may need to go back to hacking a cane out of a burl on a twisted limb . . . .
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