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Madagascar Rosewood head, amber eyes (fossilized pine resin), silver ‘whiskers’, found teeth, ebony collar and burnt matchstick shaft.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)
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#1 posted 04-14-2009 08:48 AM
Interesting piece, nice work. Burnt matchstick shaft? Solid or on a core?
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
#2 posted 04-14-2009 03:23 PM
On this piece the shaft is solid matchsticks… started out as a glued up blank of approx. 4000. I did make a shaft of toothpicks laminated over a dowel using black epoxy as the fill between the picks, I just haven’t finished a ‘head’ for that cane yet. Thank you for taking a look. ~ Terry
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#3 posted 04-14-2009 04:02 PM
Are you saying that you glued up the actual match sticks to make the shaft? If this is the case I’d be interested in how you went about it, that’s very interesting.
-- Homers / Murphy, TX
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#4 posted 04-14-2009 05:00 PM
This is so unique and special ,Beautiful .Welcome to LJs
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#5 posted 04-14-2009 05:06 PM
Homers ~ Yeah, actually the initial idea was to make a baseball bat of burnt matchsticks. I used wax paper over plywood as a platform and just started laying up matches (brick pattern), I used wood glue for the ‘mortar’ and after the first layer was down, I would smear the glue over a section of the first layer and start laying the next layer (rubbing glue into each join and alternating the ‘joints’). After each layer, I folded the wax paper over the top and used a board with a heavy weight to ‘clamp’. Once the block was glued up, I rounded the shaft off by hand (rasps and sandpaper). I have done some other canes using matches as the shaft and I will post them but be forewarned, the photo quality is quite poor. Also, I carved a Teal decoy from a block of approx. 12,000 matches and I will post that as well. Regards ~ Terry
#6 posted 04-14-2009 05:10 PM
Jim, thank you much! I appreciate the welcome. I am going to upload some of my previous projects, not to say “Oh, look what I did”, but to get some constructive criticism and to have another backup in case the computer’s mind goes blank.
#7 posted 04-14-2009 11:59 PM
Terry, Where did you get all the match sticks? Did you have to light them all youirself? :-))
#8 posted 04-15-2009 12:24 AM
Topamax ~ Yeah, I was buying all my ‘lumber’ from the grocery store then. I since ordered a box of match splints from Diamond Match Company, without the sulfur (of course, that box has been sitting there for a few years now). I am trying to get my courage up to attempt a full size carousel horse out of matches. I thought that it would look cool to use dyes to brightly color the matches once carved.
#9 posted 04-15-2009 12:46 AM
If you get them with out the sulfur, how do you get the little black (burned) marks on them?
#10 posted 04-15-2009 01:02 AM
Top ~ I was actually planning on cheating… stacking them upright in a short cake tin and torching the whole darn thing. When I figured the ends were black enough, I’d slap the tin lid on and extinguish the flames. Clever, eh? But you know… for strength I think I will try some cane blanks with the matches glued around a hardwood dowel. Then I can play with different patterns i.e. lining all the burnt ends up to look like bamboo, etc.
#11 posted 04-15-2009 01:06 AM
yeah, that is cheating. Everyone will think yoiu lit them one at a time:-)) Then they will wonder why you needed so much fire?? I imagine the blank glued up with all those pieces is plenty strong for a a cane, isn’t it?
#12 posted 04-15-2009 04:29 AM
Top ~ I guess it would be strong enough for steadying oneself. I know canes are supposed to be utilitarian but this one hasn’t seen service. I think if I were going to build one up for a strong lean I might be tempted to use a dowel or rod down the middle.
#13 posted 04-15-2009 06:05 AM
Sounds like those little sticks don’t glue up as strong as I think they look. Canes definitely need to be strong enough to support a 250# guy using it to support his weight and / or little old ladies beating off the “boogy man” ;-))
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