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Project by studie posted 03-21-2013 07:49 AM 3234 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pal of mine asked me to put a handle on his dads walking stick so I thought his dad would need a spare while I made a handle for his old one. Back in 1999 I fell from the rafters on a job site and had enough with the crutches found a cool cane with a hand saw handle. My right leg in a cast and left foot in a boot. Took a 3 day 2 night trip down the Colorado river in a canoe. Hey I can use my arms, right? During the trip I broke my cane so my awesome brother in law made a splint for it and held up for the rest of the trip and 10 years since. Well so I made these saw handle canes modeled after my old one. Of corse I had to make them from Ipe! They are super strong, weigh a ton but no one will fight a 84 yr old man with one of these! Traced my old one, cut on the band saw, router table round edges then sand for days, 4 coats of wipe on poly. The walking stick is topped with a small handle of Ipe and fits in the hand just fine. Lots of fun making these and hope you like them. Oh and the twisted walking staff was in the garage for 10 years as a momento from a trip to S Dakoda so I finished it too.

-- $tudie





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 08:46 AM

Great idea for a “woodworkers cane” We will all need a cane one day, and this would fit the bill.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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WoodenFrog

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 09:54 AM

NEAT-O!! Those are really cool! I like them!!
Great Idea!!
I love the look of the Ipe Wood, I do not know much about that wood could you please tell me more?
I have to admit I like the walking stick turned walking cane the best.
Great Job on all the pieces, keep up the great work!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 10:20 AM

Those are one piece? Outstanding!

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 03-21-2013 11:42 AM

Fantastic work!

This is getting put in the “favorites” bucket for sure – for future use, of course. ;-)

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 03-21-2013 01:29 PM

Nice work!!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 03-21-2013 02:05 PM

A “studie” saw medallion would look really neat on the handle. Very cool idea and well done, sir!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 03-21-2013 03:19 PM

Nice work. May as well go by canoe when you can’t walk ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-21-2013 04:06 PM

Great story! Excellent work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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cajunpen

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#9 posted 03-21-2013 05:27 PM

I like that saw handle idea. Nice work and thanks for sharing with us.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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studie

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#10 posted 03-21-2013 07:04 PM

Thanks gang. Like I said these were a lot of fun to make and the owner was thrilled with them too. Robert to learn more about Ipe see my last post about the Ipe boxes. Look for A1 Jim’s comment and there you will find 2 links about Ipe. I can’t thank him enough for this info!

-- $tudie

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eddie

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#11 posted 03-21-2013 07:30 PM

very cleaver ,love em ,nice finish

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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MrRon

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#12 posted 03-21-2013 08:10 PM

I made one with a claw hammer head for the handle from hardwood. I get comments on it all the time. I like the saw handle ones. A pistol grip handle would be cool.

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mds2

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#13 posted 03-21-2013 11:02 PM

Very cool. My grandfather would love one of these.

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#14 posted 03-21-2013 11:54 PM

Well, I don’t know how people come up with these great ideas, but I guess I’ll have to stick with stealing them like always. Hope you don’t mind, thanks for posting.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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hoss12992

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#15 posted 03-22-2013 07:05 AM

Have never seen anything like this before. Really cool! Absolutely love them. great job, and Im sure I will be trying to make some of these

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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