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Project by mpounders posted 08-09-2010 04:57 AM 1302 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a cane I just completed.I seem to be inspired by a lot of different songs lately. I have been wanting to carve a cane with a girls face and her hair as part of the handle for some time. One of the problems I have when carving on the end of a handle like this is that it is usually end grain. I prefer to have my grain running length-wise in the handle for strength and I like to add a spacer with the grain running vertically for the same reason. So I have been thinking about carving the face from a separate piece and inlaying it into the end. This is my first attempt, and I used basswood for the face and walnut for the handle and spacer. I turned the spacer a little thinner and taller than I normally do, trying for a feeling of delicacy. The handle and spacer are attached with epoxy and 1/4” threaded rod to the Bradford pear shaft with the bark on. I wood burned details for the hair using a pyrographic pen and finished with satin poly and a coat of wax. I still haven’t carved a female face quite like I want it…..but practice makes perfect! Thanks for looking

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





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TJ65

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 05:25 AM

What a unique idea!
How you carve such detail in such a small space I will never know!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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Jordan

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 06:50 AM

Very very nice. That’s the most different one I’ve seen putting the light face into the walnut.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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michelletwo

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 01:08 PM

WOW it’s a fantastic cane & would make a good weapon..the hair makes a great spike! Seriously great carving on a useful(beautiful) item.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 02:19 PM

Mike, Thats a great looking cane! I love it!
I wish I had your talent. Great Job.
Thanks for sharing.
And Bob Seager is awesome too….

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 02:22 PM

Wow! I like that a lot. I looked at your other projects, also. You do very nice work.

-- 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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#6 posted 08-09-2010 05:05 PM

Unique cane

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 12:20 AM

Way cool, even kinda breezy Nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 01:20 AM

Nice one!

I’ve seen ivory used like that on brass sculptures. Looks good in wood. Very cool design. She’s beautiful in her own way…....................

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

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Rick George

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 01:34 AM

Great idea with the inlay. Opens the door for preparing different themes waiting for a cane.

-- Rick

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BillyJ

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 02:08 AM

That is awesome! Great carving – wonderful detail.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 08-28-2010 12:39 AM

this is a wonderful project, well done

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#12 posted 09-07-2010 02:47 PM

Very Nice

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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