George's cane

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Project by rustfever posted 11-02-2010 04:19 PM 1768 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My good friend just endured 6.5 hours of back surgery. His prognosis is good, however he will be required to use a cane for a few months, possibly always. So I looked around the shop and found a nice sraight grained piece of Manzanita, about 2” x 7” x 42”. I had harvested this from a tree that was removed for a new roadway. I also found a chunk of well figured Manzanita burl. I spent an hour or two for several days to complete this. The finish included sanding to 2000 grit, burnished with a paper bag, and then the three-step Beall system.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 04:26 PM

Nicely done! That is a beautiful cane…..really like that handle!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 05:05 PM

Very nicely done! He will love it! Beautiful…............

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

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 05:13 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 06:47 PM

Ira: A great looking cane. Nice job on the turning. I found a place that sold replaceable tips that screw into the end. That way you can use a brass piece at the end of the cane without having a slip-over tip.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 11-02-2010 08:34 PM

hi nice cane your friend will be pleased with it

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 09:34 PM

The is beautiful Ira. Bet your friend really enjoyed getting this. The Beall buffing system really brought out a nice glose to the wood.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 01:17 AM

Beautiful cane. Great woods and like the design of the handle.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 02:56 AM

Very nice cane. I’m sure your friend will love it.

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 04:44 AM

real nice.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#10 posted 11-03-2010 06:40 AM

Wonderful cane great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 12:12 AM

Just beautiful great work!
I love it!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 11-06-2010 12:48 PM

Just an up-date. Recieved a call from George. He is now home and in ‘rehab’ mode. He must walk a certain amount several times per day. This morning, the cane arrived. He set asside his metal cane and use the one I constructed for him. ‘Perfect fit’, ‘right height’ and ‘abolustely stunningly beautiful’ were just some of the comments he made. He said it looks so great he is worried that it may get scuffed or dinged. I told him I could always do a bit of re-finish if necessary, “so please use and enjoy”. Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#13 posted 11-06-2010 12:54 PM

That’s a beautiful cane and very nice of you to make that for a friend.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 11-08-2010 07:53 AM

wow…super gorgeous…

do you carve the handle? or turn it…

i love the handle!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 11-08-2010 11:47 AM

The handle began as a 1 & 3/8” chuck of Manzanita burl. Traced the shape and cut it out using the band saw. Smoothed it out with the spindle sander. Shaped on the router table, then a bit of sanding. I then chucked it up on the lather to turn the base of the handle into the transistion at the attachment to the shaft. Took about an hour and a half to complete the handle.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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