|Project by RootandBranch||posted 05-29-2015 08:20 PM||1043 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
Canes hold a special place in my heart. I was on one for some time when the sins of my youth and the abuses of later years caught up to me. I’ve long since stopped the abuses, fixed some damage and got myself into much better shape so I no longer require one. However, I still like seeing a nice cane. My favorite is an old shillelagh that was given to me by a friend. When I got so tore up that I required one to walk, all I had was a very utilitarian medical stick that did exactly what it was supposed to but was as appealing as a tent pole. I decided to try my hand at making some that were a bit more aesthetically pleasing. I was inspired by mmh and mtwild among others here at Lumberjocks. My attempts are not the functional art theirs are but I am happy with the final result.
I went with a standard derby style handle but instead of it being rounded at the top, I found a flatter top was more comfortable. Each has a 4 inch long piece of 3/8 all-thread epoxied into the shaft and handle. These shown are not tipped since I might need to cut them down to fit the owner.
Mostly combinations of walnut and maples with handles of both along with zebra and something I can’t for the life of me recall buying. Another consequence of my past is a case of CRS. Shafts turned on my lathe and the handles cut on the bandsaw and shaped with sanders. Had to make a steady rest which was an adventure of it’s own. If someone recognizes the orangeish wood handles with the squiggly grain on the darker shaft canes, I’d appreciate the ID. Thanks all.