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Lake Wobegon Trail Cane ... custom project for my mother's cousin

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Project by StickmanCliff posted 1627 days ago 1083 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cane for my mother’s cousin Anncy. I made it for her daughter Jackie to give her as a gift. To make it special I woodburned the house that Anncy’s grandmother lived in along with the lilac bush that grew next to the house.

I also wood burned the family genealology on the cane as well. It has four generations of the family shown on the cane. This was a fun project to work on. Cliff

-- Stickman Cliff





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Dez

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#1 posted 1627 days ago

Very nice. What type of wood is it?
After losing my shop and having to downsize I am trying my hand at small stuff like this.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 1627 days ago

Dez … It’s a piece of Cherry I found along the Lake Wobegon Trail. Walking sticks are a great way to make use of found wood and to enjoy wood working at the same time. Cliff

-- Stickman Cliff

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#3 posted 1627 days ago

I have to agree 100%! I am currently working with maple that I found on the power lines where they keep the trees trimmed. Makes for a lot of same sized pieces growing out of the trunk.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 1627 days ago

Dez … I just finished working on a couple walking sticks made from Silver Maple. This isn’t usually a wood I would normally use but I got them from from a power company tree trim clean up project. I was really suprised with the result.

It is a very white wood that is easy to work but it is a soft wood so it shows sanding marks quite clearly so you need to be careful to use a higher grit to reduce the marks. I used 60 grit for my first pass and it was definitely to coarse. Cliff

-- Stickman Cliff

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#5 posted 1627 days ago

So far for most of the work I used a scraper. It leaves a nice smooth finish and I ground a few to match the diameter I was working with.. Western Maple is a little softer than some hardwoods but isn’t too bad, a nice creamy white. As soon as I get some decent looking ones done I will post a few pictures.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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