|Project by LittlePaw||posted 02-08-2011 08:08 PM||1896 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
Of the walking canes I’ve carved, this is my favorite. I named it The Quiet Patriot.
Rather than attaching nicely carved handles to dowels, all my sticks are carved out of a slabs of wood (2” x 6” x 40”), much like a rifle stock. I also put a gentle curve on the shaft so it wouldn’t look like a dowel.
The top third of The Quiet Patriot is the Bald Eagle with her wings wrapped around the cane. The middle third is a shield with flying Old Glory wrapped around it. That’s why the lines are not straight and the stars are not symmetrical. You can see where the red and white stripes are sewn together. I chose not to paint or stain Old Glory so that the beautiful salted maple grains can be seen. I also didn’t feel I had to color our flag because I don’t think there is an American alive that doesn’t know that our flag is Red, White and Blue. The bottom third is rectangular with the front and back saying: “GOD BLESS AMERICA” and “IN GOD WE TRUST”. The left and right sides say: “HOME OF THE FREE” and “BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE”. The words are inlaid with Lapis and Turquoise.
-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.