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Custom Scrimshaw Walking Cane: Coil Twisted Shaft, White Oak, Spalted Sycamore, Walnut, Deer Head

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 05-09-2009 12:41 AM 7887 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This cane was commissioned, and so it has been sold and resides in Stanbridge, Iowa, USA

Serial No. #2009-11
Height: 34”

If you would like something similar, please email me.
email: mark@decoustudio.com

Canes for Sale?
If you would like to see other canes I have currently for sale, go to this link at my Etsy shop

Also, you can go toward the bottom of this posting, where I have about 60 links to other canes I’ve built in the past.

To learn more about Scrimshaw, Click here to see my Blog Article

thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

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Project Story:

This cane was built for fellow Lumberjock ND2ELK. The Scrimshaw art I drew using a photo of a trophy mount from ND2ELK’s “Workshop” posting page.

Materials:
- Shaft: Coil Twist, White Oak
- Handle: Black Walnut, with Spalted Sycamore accent ring
- Finish is Satin Lacquer.
- Scrimshaw: Hand Scratched on Synthetic Ivory
- Brass Ferrule with rubber tip

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Cane Sample Slideshow: To hear Music, click the Speaker Icon

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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 Page

Some Cane that are Unsold:
  1. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick, Serial N0. 2009-06
  2. Folk-Art Carved Pirate Face Cane -Serial No. 2005-16
  3. Folk-Art Carved Mountain Man Face Cane -Serial No. 2006-03
  4. Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
  5. Rustic Natural Walking Stick, Nanny McPhee Movie Inspired, Serial No. 2009-07
  6. Fancy Dress Cane, Curly Ambrosia Maple Handle with Black Spiral Shaft, Serial No. 2008-21
  7. Fancy Dress Cane, Walnut Bamboo Inspired Shaft, Buffalo Horn Laminated Handle, Serial No. 2008-23
  8. Scrimshaw Artwork Walnut Cane -Serial No. 2008-08
  9. Red Oak/Black Lacquered Twisted Cane -Serial No. 2008-14
  10. Red Oak Barley Twist Walking Cane -Serial No. 2008-15
  11. Walnut Ball-Top Dress Cane -Serial No. 2008-06
  12. Walnut Cane with Chrome Ball Knob -Serial No. 2008-20
  13. Carved Thumbstick Hiking Sticks with Composite Malachite -Serial No. 2008-24

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Folk Art & Pop-Art Carved Canes
  1. Bishop’s Carved Walnut Crosier
  2. Nascar’s Jimmie Johnson Themed Walking Cane
  3. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Stick
  4. Folk-Art Smiling Wood Spirit Face Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle
  5. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  6. Folk-Art Pirate Carved Face Cane w/ Deer Antler Handle
  7. Cartoon Character Taz, Folk Art One-of-a-kind Art Cane
  8. Sculpted Wood Spirit Face Cane
  9. Folk-Art Wood Spirit Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle & Scrimshaw
  10. Folk Art Mountain Man Face Cane
  11. Shamrock Wood Spirit Irish-Theme Face Cane
  12. Walnut Wood Spirit Face Cane with Antler & Turquoise
  13. Collection of Face Carved Canes
  14. Moses-Inspired Face Carved Cane w/ Antler & Turquoise
  15. Shepherd's Stick, Carved Border Collie Welsh-Style Dog Show Trial Stick
  16. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Cane with Scrimshaw Artwork
  17. Amazing Grace Music Notes Carved Cane
  18. A Lady’s Elegant Red Long-Stem Rose Carved Cane
  19. Prairie Fire Hand-Carved Hiking Thumb Sticks
  20. A Folk-Art Carved Albatross Head & Snake Walnut Cane
  21. Carved Folk-Art Walking Cane; 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' Story Stick with Scrimshaw Artwork-
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Native American Indian Theme Folk-Art Canes
  1. Apache Chief Geronimo Folk-Art Face Cane
  2. Folk Art Native American Face Cane Set
  3. Apache Chief Cochise Folk-Art Face Cane
  4. Folk Art Carved Cane of Shoshone Chief
  5. Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick
  6. Apache Chief Cochise #2 Folk-Art Face Cane
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Scrimshaw Artwork Canes
  1. Scrimshaw Art Trophy Buck Deer Head
  2. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Praying Mantis Insect
  3. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Floppy Eared Bunny Face & Walnut Barley Twist
  4. Big & Tall Barley Twisted Oak with Scrimshawn Handle
  5. Walnut & Curly Maple Cane with Scrimshaw
  6. Scrimshaw Art Walnut Cane
  7. Fancy Barley Twist with Scrimshaw Cane
  8. Lady's Dress Cane, Red Oak, Walnut, Black Lacquer, & Scrimshaw Artwork of a Purple Cone Flower
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Natural Sapling/Limb Canes/Sticks
  1. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  2. Nanny McPhee Movie-Inspired Crooked Walking Stick
  3. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Cane
  4. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  5. Shepherd's Crook Hiking Stick
  6. Black Locust Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  7. Red BirchTree Sapling Hiking Stick
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Fancy Barley-Twist Style Dress Canes
  1. Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
  2. Big & Tall Walnut & Maple Barley Twist Custom Cane
  3. Big & Tall Red Oak and Antler with Scrimshaw Monogram
  4. White Oak Barley Twist Cane
  5. Osage Orange Barley Twist Cane
  6. Walnut & Figured Maple Barley Twist cane
  7. Black Walnut and Spalted Sycamore Barley Twist
  8. Red Oak Barley Twist with Black Lacquer
  9. Red Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Handle
  10. Dress Cane, Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Ring
  11. Bryan's Cane, The Start of my Cane Journey
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Fancy Dress Style Canes
  1. Pink Ivory and Elk Antler Dress Walking Stick
  2. Coiled Ribbon Twisted Spalted White Oak with Walnut Handle
  3. Polished Black Steer Horn Upright Walking Stick
  4. Mexican Bocote Wood, Elk Antler Handle with Hand-Wrought Fine Silver End Caps
  5. Fancy Walking Cane, Camphor Burl, Maple, Bubinga, Whitetail Deer Antler, Inlays & Silver End Caps
  6. Custom Dress-Up Walking Cane, Walnut shaft with a Camphor Burl Handle
  7. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  8. White Birch & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  9. Walnut Bamboo-Style Cane with Chrome Ball Top
  10. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Dress Cane
  11. Bird's Eye Maple Cane
  12. Spalted Sycamore Walking Cane
  13. Walnut Tall Knob Top Opera Cane
  14. Zebrawood & Walnut Knob Top Opera Cane
  15. Dress Cane Set, with several Material Options Shown
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What is Scrimshaw Artwork?:
A Scrimshaw Art Journey: What it is & How to Do it; Five Simple Steps to Success
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Click here to go to My Website page with Walking Canes

I usually have a few canes in stock at:
  1. Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works in Wichita, Kansas
  2. Hutchinson Art Center in Hutchinson, Kansas
  3. 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.

Click for details

Sadly, I also built him a casket, another first for me, about a year later

Click for details

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.

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Still Want to See more of my work?

Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:

  1. Custom Knives
  2. Custom Art-Furniture I've Built
  3. Artisan Hat Making Tools

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(This text, all photos, project design, are protected by copyright 2007-2009, M.A.DeCou, all rights reserved and protected, ask permission first! Weblinks to this page are permitted)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com





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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 05-09-2009 12:45 AM

What a majestic looking Buck, Excellent!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mtnwild

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#2 posted 05-09-2009 02:12 AM

That’s a beauty. Great design and materials.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Rj

1047 posts in 2319 days


#3 posted 05-09-2009 03:03 AM

Mark Tom Will love this addition to the cain you made for him ,I liked it before BUT really like it now!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 05-09-2009 03:06 AM

great cane marc.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Spoontaneous

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#5 posted 05-09-2009 04:45 AM

This is meant as a compliment only, but I don’t see where you have made a prettier cane. This one is hard to find fault with.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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jim1953

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#6 posted 05-09-2009 05:10 AM

Great Lookin Cane

-- Jim, Kentucky

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 05-09-2009 05:11 PM

Beautiful Mark, You are an amazing artist. I tell everyone that stops by about you and the cane you made for me. They are slacked jawed when they see it. And I tell them this is one of his relatively plain ones you should see his fancy canes and I’ll show them some on your site. They can’t hardly believe your talent. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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ND2ELK

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#8 posted 05-09-2009 06:23 PM

Just wanted to let you know that Mark believes in customer satisfaction. When I got my first cane from Mark he asked me if it fit alright. I thought it was alright but I took it to my doctor and asked him. The doctor thought it should be longer so I thought to myself, now what am I going to do. I contacted Mark and he told me to send the cane back and he would make me a new one. I loved Marks scrimshaw work so asked him if he could put one of my favorite bucks on the handle (After clearing it with MAMA). I told him I would pay him for the additional work and you can see the beautiful work this man can do. The new cane is longer, has a bigger handle and shaft. Now Mark could have not agreed to exchange the canes but he did. He is an honorable man which is sometimes hard to find these days. The day the old cane arrived back at Marks shop, a tourist came by and bought it. I am glad that the other cane sold right away. Thank you so much Mark!

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Miket

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#9 posted 05-09-2009 06:26 PM

Amazing work. Up to your usual standard.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#10 posted 05-09-2009 08:13 PM

This was a pretty interesting deal. Tom’s first cane was a little short, so I made the second one for him. When he shipped the first one back, it arrived around 10 am, and I unpacked the box about 11:30am. A guy from San Diego came by with his two sisters and wife about noon, and it was laying on my Jointer, and so he wanted it. So, the first cane headed home with him to San Diego. It’s neat when a story ends so well.

Glad the second cane fits better, and is personalized with that great Buck.

M

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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