Curly Maple and Dogwood Walking Cane

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Project by Josh Carte posted 06-15-2015 03:24 PM 1111 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this bicycle-seat shaped handle in a piece of Curly Maple wood. I spent several hours shaping and sanding this handle into what it is now. I hand-peeled and sanded the Dogwood stick, leaving a little of the Cambium layer to add some contrast. The stick is spiral shaped due to Honeysuckle vine choking the life out of it as it was growing, forcing it to grow in this way- Very cool and unique.

I attached a piece of leather to the bottom of the stick to protect the wood of the stick, the surface that the stick comes into contact with, and for a good ground grip.

This cane is 33 1/2” long. I can shorten it if you need. The handle is 4 3/8” long. The stick is 1 3/8” in diameter at the widest point.

The handle is attached to the stick using a method of all-thread and two-part epoxy. This is a very, very strong joint. The entire stick is finished with 3 coats of UV resistant, gloss Spar Urethane.





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#1 posted 06-15-2015 04:21 PM

An elegant piece sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 04:27 PM

Great looking cane, Josh. Love that curly maple!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 06:18 AM

Good job Josh, I like it.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 02:46 PM

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 08:13 PM

hee hee I didn’t notice the bicycle seat until i read your description, way kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 01:03 PM

Thanks, Dug! It really wasn’t intentional at first, but once I made my cuts and looked at what I had done, I thought, “hey, it’s a bicycle seat.” :)


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#7 posted 06-19-2015 02:00 PM

I love this cane and the wood is beautiful, Josh.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 06-20-2015 04:13 PM

So smooth. Walk on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 06-23-2015 09:21 PM

hee hee that kind of stuff happen to me all the time, I tell folks it was intentional LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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