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Project by JAGWAH posted 01-20-2010 01:18 AM 2306 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cane a year ago after knee surgery. It has worked well. The handle is a Disston, copied from a 100 year old rip hand saw I have. I’ve always liked its grip hence why I copied it.

My problem is I couldn’t come up with ideas to finish it out. Do I incise cuts like the Disston handle it mimics or do I carve anything more fanciful? Any ideas what to carve otherwise?

I intend a transition band between the brazilian cherry and mahogany possibly of ebony. As for the tip the cane has a black rubber bumper. I have brass tips but am not sure to introduce brass. So you can see why it’s sat for the last six months. I invite all ideas.

Edited; I added the Disston inspiration for this handle.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 01:27 AM

first thing I’d do is sand it to 400grit and spray a coat of right-out-of-the-can lacquer. Tried a Delft Brand yesterday. It has a really good nozzle and applied really smooth.

looks great ! you can always do some carving or inlay later.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 01:35 AM

hey bob, nice cane..never saw one with a handle like that..very cool..i think in order to keep it original you should use the same design that is on the other handle..i like the wood the handle is made of..very nice..ive made some walking sticks that ive tried to keep natural ..there fun to do… after you decide and finish it. make sure you re post it…im actually working on one now made from dogwood, which is very strong and a beautiful white wood with some purplish hue’s…....... grizzman

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 01:51 AM

Wondered about that DaN. I hesitated not knowing if I was going to ebonize it or not but at this point I need to get started and that’s an idea.

GRIZZ I’ve been holding to that thought all along just felt I might miss an opportunity. Just maybe the way to go. I would like to see yours tho.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 01-20-2010 01:58 AM

Why not continue with the saw theme? Add a smaller toothless version of the saw blade itself, a thin piece of metal that tapers down to a given point on the cane. You could even get creative with the metal colors, burn the metal to get a wavy or streaky pattern..

Or even a thin piece of hardwood for the fake blade, then you could even do decrative teeth with a different color wood?

Just brain storming with a small brain… Good luck…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 02:21 AM

Practice on another piece then carefully but methodically match the carvings then add your own flare. Practice chip carving? try some.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 01-20-2010 02:24 AM

Very interesting BRAD. That way during my walks when I see something I can saw it too.

Hey guys I added a pic of the saw handle that inspired it.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 01-20-2010 02:37 AM

Unique cane. Am anxious to see the finished product. BZ
P. S. I have two disston saws that were my fathers. They are at least 100 also.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#8 posted 01-20-2010 02:40 AM

Ok Bob
Don’t throw things at me for this crazy suggestion ,but I think adding inlays of two eyes close to the horned part of the handle and a carved nose in the middle and then have the curve of the handle flow into the staff and do a flowing curve closer to the bottom on the opposite side of the staff to give the staff kind of a serpentine look. and then finish with a clear poly for durability.

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#9 posted 01-20-2010 04:21 AM

Have you looked at the style of carving that is done on gun stocks? I can see a very beautiful scroll type of carving on this cane. Maybe a light basket weave on the handle for added grip.
Just a thought!
I cant wait to see what you do with it.
Good luck

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#10 posted 01-20-2010 05:34 AM

Interesting a1Jim I’m going to ponder this and JimTC very clean and simple just like the wheat pattern. Ok, Great, to be continued…

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#11 posted 01-20-2010 05:39 AM

you’ve always like its grip for the 100 years you’ve lived too eh? ;P jk

-- M.K.

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