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#1 posted 02-23-2011 12:25 AM
Hi Wado, Staffs and canes are some of my favourite projects, and I like the elegance of the gentle sweep to the handle section of this one. I’m curious about the “Cherokee design”. Do you have any background info on it please?
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#2 posted 02-23-2011 12:56 AM
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#3 posted 02-23-2011 01:00 AM
Wado means thank you in Tsalagi (Cherokee).The pattern was taught to me by my grandfather. He live among the Eastern Band Cherokee in North Carolina in the earthy years of the Twentieth Century. He married my grandmother who was part Cherokee, Paint Klan.
This pattern appears in various native crafts including pottery and baskets. The stars are usually crosses, without the extra slashes. The burning technique is a dot-and-line style. First, the pattern is laid out by measuring with fingers and knuckles, then burning a series of dots with a pointed tool. Lines are then burnt using a flat tool to connect the dots. I use a professional woodburning tool (made in Canada, eh). Grandpa used long nails that were hammered to the desired shape and heated them in a fire.
The brass pins were my idea.
Here’s a picture of a traditional Cherokee skull-cracker made from a dogwood root. The burn pattern is slightly different but it represents the dot-and-line technique.
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#4 posted 02-23-2011 02:15 AM
a great stick – and thanks for the back ground on the pattern- keep them coming.
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#5 posted 02-23-2011 04:42 AM
great job BUD … enjoyed it
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#6 posted 02-23-2011 07:08 AM
Hi, and thank you for the Tsalagi lesson. The background on the design is also very interesting, and thanks for taking the time to explain both the history and the traditional methods. The additional photo shows another well made piece. I enjoy hearing about how hand crafts were done before power tools came along. Excellent, keep at it.
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#7 posted 02-26-2011 09:56 AM
Very nice canes indeed. What is the function of Potasium Dichromate in the weathering process? What exatly you mean by root head? The hanging loop is so cute.
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#8 posted 02-26-2011 04:24 PM
The Potassium Dichromate (aka Bichromate) is a powerful oxidizing agent the reacts with natural chemicals in the wood. The Boxelder (aka Ashleaf Maple) is very white until I treat it with the Dichromate. It darkens the wood and brings out the natural and random colors that would occur with weathering.
The root head is the root of the plant. I dig up the saplings and use the root end for the handles.
#9 posted 02-26-2011 08:33 PM
Thank you so much for your answers.
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