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Project by mtnwild posted 1390 days ago 1363 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cane was made for my old buddy, wood cutter, Gary. To be exact, for his girlfriend.

He’s really been discovering the beauty in the maple he has been cutting for firewood. So he has been saving me some really nice chunks.

I can’t afford his firewood or repay him for the cool chunks he’s been giving me, so the cane. His girlfriend really liked my falcon cane and I thought a cane out of some of his scraps would be cool.

I took an outside edge and went from there. Think it turned out pretty cool. I used a wedge of spalted maple for the stand. Another of his firewood pieces.

No lathe involved. All hand work. I’ll figure that lathe out eventually. Or a jig, which I’ve seen on LJ’s for using the router with. I just can’t seem to stop to do those things right now.

Thanks for looking, later…...........

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





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Rj

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#1 posted 1390 days ago

Very cool ! I love the natural shaft with the Falcon it looks like it was ment to go together !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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mafe

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#2 posted 1390 days ago

Me to, I also love the natural shaft.
And you sure have a eye for the carving.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1390 days ago

Great project! The wood choices are beautiful.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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mtnwild

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#4 posted 1390 days ago

Thanks folks!

Sheila, maple and walnut are pretty much it to my wood choices. Luckily they go well together. I have bits and pieces of fancy wood for accent spots.

Kind of why I like making canes. They don’t take much wood. Got to stretch those resources.

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

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rdlaurance

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#5 posted 1390 days ago

Jack, I think you did a marvelous job in the design, the color and textural combinations. I love the sleekness of the bird, so fitting for such a marvelous raptor, and the natural texture on the shaft is exactly what the work calls for to bring the whole unit into a wonderfully harmonious conjunction.

It’s the kind of piece I would love to have in my limited collection of ‘art’ things!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 1390 days ago

mtnwild… BEEYOOOTIIFULLLLLL. I love it! Especially where the feet hit the bark of the landing on the cane. What a great gift for the donator of wood! :) As for learning new tools like the lathe.. I’m with you there – I like to keep going with what I know- and am reluctant to learn things like dovetails for instance. It isn’t that I can’t learn- it’s that I am choosing not to at this juncture. LOL I wonder in your case if the old Dremel tool might be somehow better than a lathe anyway for your carving projects. Surely it would be easier to learn Dremel than lathe? Not that I have any way of knowing that of course. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 1390 days ago

Thanks so much.

The live edge was an experiment that worked.

One of my objectives was to affirm that his maple better suited for building things, not burning up.

rivergirl, I use a belt sander to round it up. Then files and sandpaper.

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

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hairy

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#8 posted 1390 days ago

You are doing great without lathes and jigs. That’s a fine cane.

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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mmh

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#9 posted 1390 days ago

What a beauty! I really like how you tackled several problems here. The structural and aesthetics of the bird are quite ingeniously crafted, as it looks sturdy, ergonomic and attractive. The melody of the light/medium/dark woods is nicely balanced. The rough texture of the perch helps unify the roughness of the live edge of the shaft and that allows the eye to travel down the entire piece very easily. Well done, well done! I think you’ve found a winning formula here.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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mtnwild

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#10 posted 1390 days ago

Thanks Miline.

The falcon shape is extremely comfortable. I plan on many more of those in the future. Fairly easy to make and attractive. Don’t get much live edge maple. Maybe a cane or two of material at hand right now.

Glad winter is setting in. I just started a new design that’s going to really challenge me, but if I can pull it off, it’s going to look great. This one will take a while.

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

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MichaelA

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#11 posted 1390 days ago

Jack-I-agree-with-the-comments-concerning-the-natural-carving-aspects-of-your-canes-they-are-beautiful-and-once-again-a-favorite-of-mine.Great-craftmanship-Jack!!!!!!!(excuse-dashes-spacebar-out.)

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 1390 days ago

Nice work Jack. I have some Maple at the tree farm I have been working on. I’ll save the live edges when I cut it and square it up if they are big enough for canes. Most of it is 6 or 7 feet long right now. It was dropped in the early spring, so the bark should stick :-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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mtnwild

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#13 posted 1390 days ago

Thanks MichaelA-funny!

Thanks Bob. Will have to visit sometime. Actually, this live edge is under the bark edge on the cane. No bark. Just the natural coloration of the smooth tree and natural undulations with figured wood underneath. Those waves show that you have some figuring in the wood. Thanks for the offer.

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

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Jordan

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#14 posted 1390 days ago

You certainly have a knack for uniqueness – and I still love the bases! They are just such a great touch for something so personal and one-of-kind!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1390 days ago

I noticed your’s were bark off. Didn’t know if you wanted some with it on. I’ll let you know when I get it home.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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