|Project by fatherviking||posted 05-10-2010 04:37 AM||852 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I took up this project several years ago to give my 80 something neighbor something to do. He was confined to a wheelchair after many years as a builder. Since we live on the Oregon Trail we decided to use Sagebrush from the Oregon Trail to make canes. After harvesting the wood (with BLM permission) Paul would peel the bark from the sticks and I would do the final shaping and finishing. Paul has passed on, but I still have material he peeled to work on. Pictured is the latest evolution of the Oregon Trail Sagebrush Cane. Early on we tried selling them in various venues with little success. Now they are given as presents to friends and relatives. Final finish is several coats of Spar Urethane. It took Paul several hours to peel a stick and shaping and finishing to a couple of hours more. At $20 a cane we weren’t making minimum wage, but we enjoyed to time together.
-- Dan, Oregon