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Project by rodneywt1180b posted 05-22-2017 09:20 PM 361 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this one this morning. It’s a one piece cane made out of an alder sapling with the root as the handle. I added a leather lanyard with a couple home made matching alder beads. Not a lot of wood working in this one. Basically just a little file and sandpaper work to clean up the cuts. I think the hardest part of making this kind of cane is finding the right sapling then waiting for it to cure. Still, it’s a fun style to make.
It’s finished with several coats of Tung oil and buffed with paste wax.
Thanks for looking,
Rodney

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick





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leafherder

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#1 posted 05-22-2017 10:36 PM

Another great cane! I like the strap and beads. Your hardest part is my easiest part – I grow the saplings in the size and shape I want. My hardest part is waiting for them to cure. I currently have 30 on my drying rack, hoping to get a start on them this summer. How long do you keep yours on the drying rack before you start working them?

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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rodneywt1180b

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#2 posted 05-22-2017 11:14 PM

I aim for a year but am rarely successful. The rule of thumb is a year per inch of thickness but everyone’s conditions are different so that can vary. This one was picked last fall so it got about 6 or 7 months of drying time. I really underestimated how many I need for this year. I’ll most likely run out before the end of the year and certainly will before any new ones are ready. I’m going to harvest a lot more than I have in the past this year so I can build up a good stock of dry ones.

How do you shape the saplings?
Rodney

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 05-23-2017 01:05 AM

Very well done. I am still hoping for a decade or so before I actually need one though.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 05-23-2017 01:50 PM

It’s a beautiful cane and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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leafherder

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#5 posted 05-23-2017 07:46 PM

I shape my saplings using techniques adapted from bonsai, topiary, and espalier techniques – bending shaping and pruning to get them to grow in the desired shape. Patience is a virtue. LOL

Take care,

John

-- Leafherder

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rodneywt1180b

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#6 posted 05-24-2017 05:34 AM

I don’t have the room to grow my own but the almost total control you have must be fun and interesting. Have you looked at makhilas(sp?)? They’re a type of walking stick with a spear tip inside made by the Basques IIRC. They will scar the bark in decorative patterns while the saplings they make them from are growing.

Patience is one virtue I have a short supply of. Just waiting for my sticks to cure is bad enough.

Thanks for all the kind words guys.
Rodney

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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