|Project by knottysticks||posted 02-09-2010 04:04 AM||2030 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I hand carved the leaves onto this cane while on a camping trip up north. I try to use found wood in my canes and walking sticks. With any luck the wood has been dead for some time, saving me the trouble of having to wait around for the wood to dry. This was a back alley find [some of the best wood is found here] , someone trimed up a old Manitoba Maple and left this to rot. I cut this out of a main branch. The hole in the handle was caused by rot and insect damage which I cleaned up. As I understand it, Manitoba Maple is not a Maple tree but settlers on the prairie’s mistook it’s simliar leaves and seeds for that of a Maple, it is really Box Ellder, used years ago to build cheap fruit boxes. The wood is soft and easy to carve but maybe not the strongest for making canes. I do my best to work with, and enhance the shapes nature provides so I have a lot of branches sitting around the garage, waiting until I can figure just what exactly I will do with each piece. Thankfully I have a patient wife.
Wood – Box Elder [Manitoba Maple]
Leather hanging strap w/ Jack Pine Cone
Brass tipped bottom
Finish- Danish Oil
Thanks for your interest.
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