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Project by knottysticks posted 1200 days ago 2567 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The handle is carved from a white tailed deer antler tine, and then stained with coffee. The handle is held in place by a dowel drilled in from the front , this dowel also holds the front walnut cap in place. The maple wedge forces the top of the walnut cane shaft to fit tightly in the hole thru the antler. The bottom 2/3’s of the cane shaft was turned on a lathe. Then the top 1/3 of the cane shaft was hand carved up to the handle. A piece of cows’ horn was heated , then flatened and mounted between the handle and cane shaft.

Materials
Handle – White Tailed Deer Antler w/ Walnut end caps, maple wedge, coffee stained.
Washer – Cow Horn
Shaft – Walnut
Brass Tipped Bottom
Finish – Satin Poly

Thank you for your interest.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.





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whitedog

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#1 posted 1200 days ago

Very cool. I like the treatment of the shaft.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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mtnwild

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#2 posted 1200 days ago

OH MY!!!

That is beautiful, fantastic, gorgeous, unique,,,,,,,,,,,,everything!!!!!!!!!!

Love everything about it. Wood, design, I could go on and on…......WOW…...........

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

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mpounders

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#3 posted 1200 days ago

Gorgeous! I have an antler shed thar a customer wants to use as a handle on a commissioned cane, but I will have some “left-over” pieces that I had hoped to use for something. You have inspired me with this piece and I am now hoping I can try something like this! Really nicely done!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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knottysticks

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#4 posted 1199 days ago

Thanks for the kind words guys.

Mike I look forward to seeing your cane, let us know when you get it done.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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Druid

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#5 posted 1167 days ago

Really nicely done!!! I enjoy making walking staffs, sticks, and canes. I have been given several pieces of antler that I was thinking of using for Scrimshaw. I really like your method of attaching the antler to the shaft, so if there’s no objection, I think I’ll try that out. Great carving, it invites you to pick it up.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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knottysticks

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#6 posted 1165 days ago

Please feel free to attach the antler to the shaft the same way, I’m sure I ‘borrowed’ the idea from some one some where. I also been thinking of learning Shimsaw. I’ve done a wee bit of Scrimshaw so far, and it works great on antler.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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Druid

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#7 posted 1165 days ago

Thanks, I will have to try it. For the Scrimshaw, see if your library has a copy of “Scrimshaw Techniques”, by Jim Stevens. It’s one of the best that I’ve come across. I’d like to try it also. Working on clearing up my workshop first.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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christopheralan

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#8 posted 1165 days ago

Awesome! Simply Awesome!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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knottysticks

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#9 posted 1162 days ago

I’ll watch for the book Druid. Chrisopheralan thanks

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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JimArnoldChess

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#10 posted 1142 days ago

I really like the bone carving!!! How does that compare to carving wood, do you use the same tools? Beautiful work.
Thanks,

Jim

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets

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knottysticks

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#11 posted 1140 days ago

Hi Chessmaker, yes carving antler and bone is a little bit like carving the hardest of hard woods, but without any real grain. The outer surface is solid and dense with a hard porous core [ see here ] I believe you could use hand tools to carve antler, but it but it would be a slow process. I use a foredom with a whip and a variable speed foot pedal, a small home made down draft lap table w/ its hose connected to a fien vaccum. The foredoms’ foot pedal’s electrical plug is plugged into the fien vaccum, so when you carve the vaccum comes on automatically. Also a good dust mask is mandatory. If you want to give antler/bone carving a try I can help out choosing bits. You can find antler at many Pet stores sold as dog chews.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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