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Tree Branch to Cane

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-25-2015 11:28 AM 930 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

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!





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observer100

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 12:44 PM

Interesting, unique and practical … great job! Like how the copper wire adds just the right touch.

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 01:34 PM



Interesting, unique and practical … great job! Like how the copper wire adds just the right touch.

- observer100

Thanks. I probably should have used a shorter piece on the tip, but I like the look of it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 01:45 PM

Copper is a great touch, Dave.

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 02:42 PM



Copper is a great touch, Dave.

- CFrye

I have a soft spot for copper and brass.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 09-25-2015 02:56 PM

Nice job Dave, let us pray that you never have need of it, except to beat off all the young ladies.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 03:31 PM



Nice job Dave, let us pray that you never have need of it, except to beat off all the young ladies.

- greg48

Actually, I’m trying to think of anyone who could use it. It’s strong, but hardly 100% practical. The candy cane shaped ones at least hook onto table tops and chairs. This one is sort of elegant. Maybe I’ll offer it at the yard sale tomorrow.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 09-25-2015 10:35 PM

Great job! Nice to see another Lumberjock making canes from branches – but be careful or you will end up looking for cane shaped branches everywhere. (I currently have 30 on my drying racks). :)

I only use a folding pruning saw, rasp, and sandpaper – I find it very relaxing to do all the work with the simplest of tools, even though it takes longer.

I have not noticed any staining working with my Black Walnut pieces, but I let them dry for at least two years before I start working them and I have never worked with elm.

How did you attach the copper wire on the handle? I have only added wire to the shaft and I use a tie technique with stone beads that I learned in a jewelry making class which would be very uncomfortable on a handle.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 09-25-2015 10:42 PM


Nice job Dave, let us pray that you never have need of it, except to beat off all the young ladies.

- greg48

Actually, I’m trying to think of anyone who could use it. It’s strong, but hardly 100% practical. The candy cane shaped ones at least hook onto table tops and chairs. This one is sort of elegant. Maybe I’ll offer it at the yard sale tomorrow.


Great job! Nice to see another Lumberjock making canes from branches – but be careful or you will end up looking for cane shaped branches everywhere. (I currently have 30 on my drying racks). :)

I only use a folding pruning saw, rasp, and sandpaper – I find it very relaxing to do all the work with the simplest of tools, even though it takes longer.

I have not noticed any staining working with my Black Walnut pieces, but I let them dry for at least two years before I start working them and I have never worked with elm.

How did you attach the copper wire on the handle? I have only added wire to the shaft and I use a tie technique with stone beads that I learned in a jewelry making class.

Thanks for posting.

- leafherder

It’s not an elegant solution. I drilled a hole on the underside of the groove I filed, and plugged it with a piece of bamboo skewer to hold the wire in place. I figure the spray lacquer will help keep the wire in place as well.

I knew I used too many tools. I’ll do better next time. Heh heh. I have 2-3 other sticks I pulled aside…

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Pointer

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 12:43 AM

Very nice and unique. Good eye for spotting this branch and seeing its potential.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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