"Family Tree Cane"

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Project by mpounders posted 11-19-2010 05:59 AM 1956 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a cane I completed as a commission for a customer in Tennesee. Hidden within the leaves are the names of each family member. The handle is walnut and the shaft is crape myrtle. The leaves and limbs are relief carved and textured with a pyrographic pen. I have always had problems photgraphing canes, so I made a short video panning up and down the shaft. Here’s a link to the video… take a look and let me know if you think it is a good way to present a carving.

This is the finished cane from my blog: Designing and Carving a Cane

Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 06:14 AM

I love the texture and effect you achieved with your carving and pyrographic pen. It’s subtle but dimensional enough to have a nice relief. It has an elegant appeal yet a natural rustic character. The shape of the handle is also quite nice. You managed to make a simple, somewhat conventional shape into an ergonomic style with a lot of character. It looks like a cane made for an ancient woodsman of lore. It has a lot of character and mystique to it.

As for your video presentation, I do like how you are showing the cane from top to bottom and turning it for a full view. You may want to mount the cane on a swivel or turn table so that it’s more stable, but you have a good idea of how you want to present your piece. Keep up the excellent work!

-- "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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#2 posted 11-19-2010 06:29 AM

I like! Good work on this cane.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 11-19-2010 06:36 AM

I love the finished cane. Your pyrography work is very effective.
I do prefer the photographs over the video for presentation as they show more of the detail. The video just gives you an overall look of the project.

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 11-19-2010 07:22 AM

Nice work! You have inspired me to try more detailing on my walking sticks.
The video display works well as an “overview”, and I agree with Theresa, the photos seem to show more detail or at least lets me linger over the details!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 02:57 PM

Turned out awesome Mike, and I personally enjoyed sharing the progress by keeping up with your blog. I have had making a cane for my brides Grandfather on my list of “Things To Do” for a while now. I think something like this would be perfect for him. Thanks for the lessons and inspiration.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 03:16 PM

Great job! I have doen genealogy research on my Family tree for 20+ years. This would be a great project to add to my research. Thanks for posting!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 11-19-2010 05:46 PM

Super personal and meaningful. Looks great but really will grow in power over the years of use and enjoyment. That will be such a cherished family memento, with stories told for years around it.
Great project….............

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

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#8 posted 11-20-2010 12:27 AM

Great work Mike! Really an awesome cane.
A true masterpiece! Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 11-20-2010 04:29 AM

Great piece love the leaves

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 11-20-2010 07:19 AM

...very cool…..

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 06:23 AM

Beautiful canne Mike I really like the relief carving. Nice job.

-- 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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#12 posted 12-16-2010 11:07 PM

great piece,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 12-16-2010 11:09 PM

the video is very nice, showing what is otherwise a hard item to photograph and represent well in 2-D. I need to learn to do this Flip Video stuff also. Good posting,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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