Natural cane

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Project by RichGreer2r posted 09-03-2016 07:02 PM 286 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Because I am disabled and use a cane whenever I walk, I like making canes. I’ve made quite a few, but this one is much different from any other cane I have made.

It is made from a branch/stick of osage orange (aka hedge-wood). I deliberately left it quite crude and rough.

There are several worm holes in this wood including 2 larger holes that might compromise strength. I filled those holes with epoxy. The second picture shows one of those holes. Dealing with epoxy – what a mess.

This cane is a little heavier than I usually make and the shaft has virtually no spring in it. Yet, it is still very useable. It also gets a lot of attention.

FYI – It is NOT for sale.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 07:10 PM

I like to avoid discussions of politics on lumberjacks. However, I have given this cane a name, “Hillary”. Get it?

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 07:51 PM

I like to avoid discussions of politics on lumberjacks. However, I have given this cane a name, “Hillary”. Get it?

- RichGreer2r

Love it!

I like to make canes as well. My brother in law who was a tree trimmer by trade got me interested. We would be out for a short hike and he would point candidates out to me in trees around us. He said crooks and twists add interest as long as the foot pretty well lines up with the handle. Looks like this one fits the criteria, nice work!

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 08:17 PM

Great job! I love making natural canes – I grow my own. I will have to try to find some of that Osage Orange – I know it grown in this part of Ohio, just not a popular tree in the suburbs. I have found that Mulberry makes good canes, lightweight but sturdy, a bit springy, attractive natural color or easy to stain, and it is fast growing and easy to bend to the proper shape while it is growing.

Thanks for posting, Happy Labor Day!

-- Leafherder

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 03:05 PM

Fun thing to make, I am sure, and you get to design it just for you.

My wife and I appreciate the name as well!.......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 09-07-2016 02:45 AM

Nice job!

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