Derby Style Walking Cane

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Project by Rafe Demers posted 08-22-2015 01:35 AM 2589 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Derby Style Walking cane I made for a client recently. The handle is made from some beautiful Claro Walnut Burl and is mounted on a Black Walnut shank that had some nice lighter toned sapwood. It also features a Spalted Crab Apple and Blackwood spacer. This is one of several Derby handles I have made for clients and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It has been finished with Danish oil and Several Coats of Tru-Oil Gunstock finish.

-- Rafe Demers

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#1 posted 08-22-2015 04:51 AM

Beautiful piece Rafe.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 11:16 AM

Thanks John, it was a pleasure working with this material

-- Rafe Demers

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 02:39 PM

That is really cool. Great job

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 04:57 PM

Another beautiful combination of woods. Walnut is a favorite of mine – I have several pieces on my drying rack. Did the burl come from your friend like in the other project? Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 06:15 PM

Thanks everyone, appreciate the feedback. The Claro Walnut actually came from a dealer in California. I bought several small chunks for this job and have been slicing some if into veneer for box lids. It is beautiful stuff to work with

-- Rafe Demers

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 11:53 PM

That is a beautiful cane. I need to make one for my wife who is having her knee replaced but I have no idea how the handle is attached. Any links to tutorials?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 08-23-2015 09:21 PM

Thanks for your comments gfadvm. For joining the handle to the shank I typically use 3/8” threaded rod and attach it with epoxy. I start the processed by turning the shank to determine the size. Most of my canes are approx 1” in diameter. I then cut out the handle shape from a blank just a bit thicker than the shank to ensure I have enough material when shaping the joint between the handle and shank. Once it is rough cut I drill out the hole in the handle on a drill press approx 1.5” deep depending on the height of the handle. I epoxy the studding in the handle and let it cure. The rod should be long enough to to go into the shank about 2-2.5”. Once the epoxy is cured I shape the handle with rasps, files etc and once I have a pretty good shape and match to the shank I drill out the hole in the shank and test fit. The hole should be as straight as possible, once you have a good match you are ready to glue the handle to the shank with epoxy. I use a long bar clamp just to ensure the joint is snug but with the epoxy no need to keep tightly clamped. I typically use a 2 part heavy duty available at most hardware stores.mif I am using tropical wood System 3 has a good formula for oily tropical woods, I find it at Woodcraft. Let me know if you have any more questions.

-- Rafe Demers

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