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Project by LittlePaw posted 1496 days ago 2255 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After three weeks . . . finally got this one done in one-piece of tiger maple. Most of the tiger stripes were evident, but a small area showed patches like being spalted.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.





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RichardMu

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#1 posted 1496 days ago

Nice cane. Realy looks great. Looks like alot of work.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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Jordan

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#2 posted 1496 days ago

You certainly have to have a wide angle lens to take good pictures of these, eh? Very nice cane.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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sregelkraut

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#3 posted 1496 days ago

Wow great work, love the detail :)

-- Steve

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1496 days ago

A wonderful cane with outstanding carving, fantastic job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dustin

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#5 posted 1496 days ago

This is fantastic!

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knottysticks

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#6 posted 1496 days ago

Very , Very nice – well done !!!

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 1496 days ago

Lot of interesting work on this one. Great one of a kind…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Jimthecarver

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#8 posted 1494 days ago

Beautiful work.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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Mary Anne

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#9 posted 1436 days ago

Okay, I give up… how did you do this? Obviously, it is carved, but I suspect you used more than a whittlin’ knife to do the job. :) What kind of tools and techniques are required to create something like this? It’s seriously beautiful. I would love to see a blog on how a piece like this is done. I’m sure you can tell that I know nothing about carving. LOL

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drirot

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#10 posted 1435 days ago

This is bueautiful piece. I have considered making canes, maybe not this fancy. I haven’t been able to come up with a way of keeping the handle from breaking because of grain direction. What do you do to overcome this problem?

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LittlePaw

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#11 posted 1435 days ago

Hi Mary Ann and Everyone, I don’t mean to be philosophical, but the idea came from Michael(sp) Angelo who, I think, said that there is a statue hiding inside every block of marble. So I thought, since I love working with wood, there must also be something hiding inside every slab of wood. The problem was I couldn’t see inside the wood. So I took out my sketch book and started imagining what could be there. Many, many sketches later, they evolved into a vine winding around the cane with leaves and fruit clumps. Some ideas came from the Yin-Yang Rope cane I made. Actually the leaves were wrong for grapes. So I guess I’d have to do another with the right kind of leaves for grapes.
Anyway, I drew my idea on the chosen slab of wood, band saw the rough shape, giving enough extra room for the winding vine and started removing wood – sort of the reverse of sculpting in clay where you add on to what you’re creating. The problem is once you removed the wood, you can’t put it back on, like you can in sculpting. I had so much fun as the cane evolved by reducing the size of the cane where I wanted the vine to be “air born” so I did that in several places.
Once it is roughed in, there was a lot, I mean a lot of fine riffling, filing and sanding to how I wanted it to look. I don’t think I can ever say a piece is “finished” because I’m still (and perhaps always will) finding where something can be done to it . . . either shaving a corner off, sanding with a finer grit paper . . . At times, that really bothers me and that’s why I can’t do caricature. I love caricature and I think it is wonderful that the carvers can do that! But my personality (or whatever you call it) just won’t let me stop there and not keep sanding and shaping it until . . . Well, I guess I’m running out of room. It was great chatting w/you, Mary Ann.
Drirot: I thought of that too since I did not want to attach a nicely carved handle on to a straight dowel, I overcame that possible problem by increasing the diameter. The handle and where it curved around to the shaft is about 1.5 to almost 2” in dia. So far I’ve used hard wood such as oak or maple and also selecting where the grain curve some. My oak Yin Yang cane fell over onto hard floor several times and didn’t hurt it. The down side was that oak is so hard to carve, I don’t think I want to do another any time soon! LOL

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Mary Anne

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#12 posted 1435 days ago

Thank you for your response, LittlePaw. I totally got what you were saying. Nothing wrong with being philosophical; I think the very best art derives from heart or philosophy. I believe you are correct that Michelangelo was attributed with saying something along those lines that a statue is living inside every piece of marble. I marvel that his wonderful ‘David’ was sculpted from a rejected piece of stone, but he saw a masterpiece inside. I don’t think it was something he saw so much with his eyes. Your process of creation must be exhilarating while you are riffling, filing, sanding, and revealing details. Thank you for sharing it.

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wrench

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#13 posted 1076 days ago

Love it, very cool.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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