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"Dia de Muertos" cane

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Project by mpounders posted 03-24-2017 04:07 PM 394 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always liked the images associated with this Mexican holiday where people pray for the spiritual journeys of friends and family who have passed on. This is a crepe myrtle stick that someone pruned and I snatched it out of their yard trash several years ago. The handle is a brass hame, used on harnesses for draft animals, and it is very comfortable in the hand and makes a tremendously strong handle. The crepe myrtle is a little hard to carve, but hold details well. The design is based on elements from leather working patterns. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 04:09 PM

Great carving, Mike!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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XquietflyX

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 04:17 PM

nice work!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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hunter71

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 04:24 PM

I like it, I have several brass hames, good idea here. Nice work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 07:18 PM

Fantastic job on all aspects. I like the reuse and change of the old harness piece. I also know it took a lot of work to get the hame nice to.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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leafherder

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 07:38 PM

Great job on…

1. Rescuing the wood from the trash (that is how I got started making canes)
2. The carving – really nice work. What type of stain did you use to bring out the details?
3. Your photography – really shows off the carving details.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 10:17 PM

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#7 posted 03-25-2017 09:30 AM

Bice details Mike, very well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Pimzedd

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#8 posted 03-25-2017 10:48 PM

One of your best pieces of work. Really love it.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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mpounders

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#9 posted 03-27-2017 02:24 PM



Great job on…

1. Rescuing the wood from the trash (that is how I got started making canes)
2. The carving – really nice work. What type of stain did you use to bring out the details?
3. Your photography – really shows off the carving details.

Thanks for posting.

- leafherder

I use acrylic paints that are thinned out, primarily brown, a little black, and some buttercream for the laces. All my pictures are done with an iphone, with some poster board for the background!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Roger

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#10 posted 03-28-2017 08:12 PM

Very meticulous and beautiful Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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