"a Hunter's Cane"

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Project by mpounders posted 05-12-2011 05:53 AM 2357 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cane is a commissioned piece for a man who is an accomplished hunter. His daughter and sons wanted a piece that tied in geographically to Colorado and Minnesota and to his love for hunting and his family. From the start, they wanted it to be made from wood that came from these states and I suggested that it might make more personal for them and their father if they actually gathered the wood that I used, instead of just buying it. They provided some aspen and birch and an antler that came from their property. I turned the aspen for the shaft and dried it for several months and used the birch for a spacer and as a butt plate on the handle made from the antler. The carved portion is on basswood, also from Minnesota. The mountains and lake are loosely based on the state quarters issued for Colorado and Minnesota, and the deer and walleye represent his love for hunting and fishing. The leaves are similar to those found on fancy gun-stocks and represent the fall hunting seasons, with a favorite scripture reference hidden within the leaves. The words spiraling around the shaft are the poem “Palace in the Pines” written by the father about a favorite hunting camp in Minnesota. The cabin on the shore of the lake represents that cabin, the smoke from the chimney indicating that it represents not just past events… that it is still alive, still inhabited, and still full of the stories and people mentioned in his words. The words appear as a swirling design from a distance and then seem to draw you in as you recognize them as words, as you hold the cane. The design of the cane has rustic, primitive feel, almost the look of something that a man might make sitting by the fire at night, waiting for the snow to stop. I hope it brings memories of good times to the man who receives it, and I hope it represents the pride and love of his family. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 06:19 AM

Mike, I really like this. Nice job on the carving. I’m curious, how did you attach the antler?

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 06:44 AM

There is a 9/16th threaded rod that runs from the shaft through the collar through the carved portion and about 1” into the bottom of the antler. I use epoxy to glue that in place. I started by gluing the rod into the antler and then after it cured overnight, I glued the carved portion onto the rod, deliberately making sure it squeezed out over the joint between the wood and the antler. I wanted that to drip and be bumpy and lumpy to look like the antler. After it hardened I carefully painted it to look like it was part of the antler and it hid the joint pretty well.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 07:34 AM

Very Nice! I aspire some day to be half as good with my carvings!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 09:50 AM

I love these pieces, they are special to thoes who make & thoes who recieve,
Realy nice job & story Mike, almost a coloboration in some ways.
Well done :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 11:48 AM

a super cane & loved the ‘story” of it’s birth! I know this will be loved by it’s new owner

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#6 posted 05-12-2011 12:45 PM

A day does not go by when I start looking at the projects posted here on LumberJocks that I am not blown away. And today is another one of those days.
I could not say enough to describe the detail in this carving, and only hope that one day I could carve like this. BEAUTIFUL!

-- Chuck

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#7 posted 05-12-2011 01:04 PM

Awosome work! Carvings look great!

-- christopheralan

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#8 posted 05-12-2011 02:25 PM

nothin but awesome!

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#9 posted 05-12-2011 03:14 PM

what a beauty Mike.

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#10 posted 05-12-2011 06:41 PM

A very unique cane! I imagine that the owner is way proud just now. Great work on all of it but of special note is the inscription. Well done.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#11 posted 05-12-2011 08:16 PM

Well done Mike. Brilliant piece of carving.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#12 posted 05-12-2011 11:53 PM

Mike, you’ve done a great job on this.

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

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#13 posted 05-13-2011 05:40 AM

I would be very proud to receive a cane like this so I know the recipient is thrilled and proud to have it! You did a great job with this. What are the words to the poem if you are allowed to say?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 05-13-2011 03:46 PM

Here’s the Poem

“Palace in the Pines”

It’s a smoky, ruckus weasel’s nest
With an unswept, drafty floor
And pillowticking curtains
And knife scars on the door.
The smell of a birch wood fire
From a stovepipe that’s come loose

Mingles sweetly with the bootgrease
And the Copenhagen snoose.
There are work-worn .30-30’s
With battered, steel-shod stocks,
And drying lines of longjohns
And of steaming, pungent socks.

Ther’s a table for the dandy dozen
And their game of five-card stud,
And there’s deep and dreamless sleeping
On bunk beds covered with mud.
Artie and Billy stand by the stove
Their gun-talk loud and hot,

And Raymond has drawn a pair of kings and is raking in the pot.
Ernie’s been drafted again as cook
And is peeling some spuds for bouillaa
While Sonny wanders by in baggy drawers
Singing: Ya, ya, ya,ya.

No where on earth is fire so warm
Nor coffee so infernal,
Nor whiskers so stiff, jokes so rich,
Nor hope blooming so eternal.
A man can live for a solid week
in the same old underbritches

And walk like a man and spit when he wants
and scratch himself where he itches.
I tell you, boys, ther’s no place else
Where I’d rather be, come fall,
Where I eat like a bear and sing like a wolf
And feel like I’m jack-pine tall.

Come daylight in the swamp, at that cabin out in the woods
In the land of the raven and loon,
With a tracking snow lying new to the ground
At the end of the Rutting Moon.

A.G.G 1985

(Artie and Billiy are his sons)

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#15 posted 05-14-2011 04:50 PM

What a great poem!! Lovely work on the cane!

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