Sweet Smell of Success

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Project by leafherder posted 04-28-2013 04:04 PM 1817 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They said the plant would never survive when I brought it home.
They said it would not do well because those plants are prone to insects and disease.
They said it would never get big enough to do anything with the wood.
They said the wood was not strong or hard enough for woodworking.
They said I would hurt myself trying to cut it. (OK they were right about that part.)

Now the plant has become the best $5 investment I ever made.
Now the plant is the most disease/pest resistant, one in my garden.
Now it is over 6 feet tall and when it blooms you can smell it on the next block.
Now they can’t believe me when I tell them what kind of wood it is.
Now they all say it is the best looking cane in my collection.

Lumberjocks, I am proud to present the first cane from my Rugosa Rose bush. Approximately 38 inches tall, finished with pastewax because I did not want anything to change the natural color of the wood. Rugosa Roses have LOTS of thorns so trimming the bush requires heavy leather gloves, and even then I got a few scrapes and jabs – but I think it was worth it.

Thanks for looking, I hope you like it. Quiestions and comments are always welcome.

-- Leafherder

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 04:11 PM

That’s beautiful. Congratulations on your success.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 11:22 PM

Great job! It sounds like you earned this one. You built a project from planting the material to finished product !! That is fantastic! Congrats are in order so, congrats, keep up the good work.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 03:46 PM

It’s a beauty! Like the handle, looks like very comfortable to hold. The finish is great as well.

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 11:07 PM

I like it. I also like your presentation, that was great. Keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing more.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#5 posted 08-26-2016 09:09 AM

Very nicely crafted. And, I’m not familiar with the rose.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#6 posted 11-12-2016 10:26 PM

That had to be an upholding project!


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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