Sagebrush Canes

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Project by fatherviking posted 05-10-2010 04:37 AM 1069 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 06:08 AM

Treasurable memories like these are priceless! Thanks for sharing.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 07:12 AM

Great looking canes Dan.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 07:12 AM

I am wondering. How long did it take the BLM people to stop laughing when you asked for permission to harvest a little sagebrush?

Nice looking canes. Do you find that the layers of wood separates?

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 12:30 PM

Nice looking canes. It was really nice for you to involve a neighbor also especially a disabled one.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 06:39 PM

BLM was very nice, except we could not collect from the actual trail, needed to be out of sight of the markers. The wood doesn’t separate but the grain runs in all directions and goes from hard to soft in a few millimeters.

-- Dan, Oregon

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