|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 09-25-2015 11:28 AM||1004 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
A while ago I was pruning a few trees in my yard and I noticed this branch among the trimmings. I set it aside with a mind to do something with it later. One evening while waiting for my wife to come home from work I decided to start workng on it to turn it into a walking cane. I thought it would be interesting to use only basic tools to do this.
I began by scraping off the bark and nipping off the small twigs using only my pocket knife. Then I used a coping saw to remove the larger branch stumps and a rasp and sand paper to round off the whole thing. I adjusted the length with a hand saw and hand sanded the cane to smoothness.
I fit a copper pipe coupling to the tip and added a rubberized cork to prevent scraping up the floor. Then I filed a groove around the end of the handle and added some copper electrical wire to add a little decoration and help balance out the copper at the tip.
After a final sanding I finished the cane with spray lacquer. I think it looks pretty good and interesting. The only thing is that I walk quite well without a cane. I guess I’ll save it for my twilight years.
I’m not sure if it came off the elm tree or the walnut tree, but the palm of my non-tool hand got stained golden brown while removing the bark. It took a week of healthy washing to get it off.
The last photo shows the tools I used for this project, minus the sand paper. I know I could have pared it down a bit more.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!