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A "Moses" Wood Spirit Carved Walnut Folk-Art Walking Cane with Deer Antler & Turquoise Handle

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This cane has been “SOLD” and resides in Clements, Kansas USA

Welcome Surfers:
If you are surfing looking for a special walking cane on the internet, go toward the bottom of this posting where you’ll find a list of canes that I have built that are ready to ship immediately. Also, there are links to several more customized canes that have already been sold to give you ideas for your own commissioned cane.

You can reach me by emailing to:
mark@decoustudio.com

Or you can visit the DeCou Website

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Materials:
Kansas Black Walnut, Kansas naturally shed Whitetail Deer Antler, Turquoise, Abalone Shell, Brass Tip.

Project Story:

First off, I carved this walking cane for myself.

Not that I “need” one, but I was wanting something to carry to art shows, and around “Wal-mart” to advertise my canes, and I wanted a sample to demonstrate the style of walking canes that I am building.

I saw a picture of “Moses” on the front of a book called “Experiencing God” by a man named Henry Blackaby that I have studied through. I really liked that painting of the face of Moses on the cover of the book, and so it inspired the face carving on this walking cane. I also thought that if I carried “Moses” around with me, I might also do better acting out the things that I learned from Blackaby’s book.

A couple of weeks after I had this cane built, a good friend called me on a Sunday morning before church and said that he knew someone that had injured their knee in a fall, and wondered if I had a walking cane that they could use, as they needed something that day.

He told me the height that was needed, and all I had on hand that would fit was the one that I had carved for myself. So, I slowly offered it up as a possibility, not really wanting to turn it loose. My friend said that it was more expensive than they guy needed, but asked me to bring it to church that morning, and he would make sure the person that needed it got it that day.

My friend paid me the money in cash (and yes, I claimed it and paid sales tax on it), and we all sat down for the Worship Service.

I didn’t catch on until after the service while visiting with people, that it was my friend that had fallen down and hurt his knee. We all had a good laugh at how I had been tricked, and I watched “my” walking cane make it’s way out the door that day.

Later, my Friend’s knee improved, and the cane has now become a decoration in their house, so I built the walnut cane stand for him later. Now, “Moses” safely sits by the fireplace and “watches” the room. Their home is filled with wonderfully ornatel carved walnut Victorian-style antique furniture, all except “Moses”, a Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chair I built a couple of years ago, and a coffee table that I rebuilt for them a few years ago. They receive a lot of guests in their home, and I enjoy hearing the stories of what people said about the my projects that they have in their home.

One day I will carve myself another “Moses.”

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this photo was taken without a flash, and better shows the coloring of the cane, but it is a little Fuzzy:

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Cane Sample Slideshow: To hear Music, click the Speaker Icon

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More Walking Sticks & Canes:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you won’t find very many canes pictured there. I do realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are few more of my canes posted at lumberjocks, thanks for your patience.

Handmade Finished Canes For Sale, Ready to Ship Now:

ETSY.com Online Shop Inventory: Click Here to Visit my Cane Inventory Page

Some Cane that are Unsold:
  1. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick, Serial N0. 2009-06
  2. Folk-Art Carved Pirate Face Cane -Serial No. 2005-16
  3. Folk-Art Carved Mountain Man Face Cane -Serial No. 2006-03
  4. Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
  5. Rustic Natural Walking Stick, Nanny McPhee Movie Inspired, Serial No. 2009-07
  6. Fancy Dress Cane, Curly Ambrosia Maple Handle with Black Spiral Shaft, Serial No. 2008-21
  7. Fancy Dress Cane, Walnut Bamboo Inspired Shaft, Buffalo Horn Laminated Handle, Serial No. 2008-23
  8. Scrimshaw Artwork Walnut Cane -Serial No. 2008-08
  9. Red Oak/Black Lacquered Twisted Cane -Serial No. 2008-14
  10. Red Oak Barley Twist Walking Cane -Serial No. 2008-15
  11. Walnut Ball-Top Dress Cane -Serial No. 2008-06
  12. Walnut Cane with Chrome Ball Knob -Serial No. 2008-20
  13. Carved Thumbstick Hiking Sticks with Composite Malachite -Serial No. 2008-24

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Folk Art & Pop-Art Carved Canes
  1. Bishop’s Carved Walnut Crosier
  2. Nascar’s Jimmie Johnson Themed Walking Cane
  3. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Stick
  4. Folk-Art Smiling Wood Spirit Face Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle
  5. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  6. Folk-Art Pirate Carved Face Cane w/ Deer Antler Handle
  7. Cartoon Character Taz, Folk Art One-of-a-kind Art Cane
  8. Sculpted Wood Spirit Face Cane
  9. Folk-Art Wood Spirit Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle & Scrimshaw
  10. Folk Art Mountain Man Face Cane
  11. Shamrock Wood Spirit Irish-Theme Face Cane
  12. Walnut Wood Spirit Face Cane with Antler & Turquoise
  13. Collection of Face Carved Canes
  14. Moses-Inspired Face Carved Cane w/ Antler & Turquoise
  15. Shepherd's Stick, Carved Border Collie Welsh-Style Dog Show Trial Stick
  16. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Cane with Scrimshaw Artwork
  17. Amazing Grace Music Notes Carved Cane
  18. A Lady’s Elegant Red Long-Stem Rose Carved Cane
  19. Prairie Fire Hand-Carved Hiking Thumb Sticks
  20. A Folk-Art Carved Albatross Head & Snake Walnut Cane
  21. Carved Folk-Art Walking Cane; 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' Story Stick with Scrimshaw Artwork-
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Native American Indian Theme Folk-Art Canes
  1. Apache Chief Geronimo Folk-Art Face Cane
  2. Folk Art Native American Face Cane Set
  3. Apache Chief Cochise Folk-Art Face Cane
  4. Folk Art Carved Cane of Shoshone Chief
  5. Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick
  6. Apache Chief Cochise #2 Folk-Art Face Cane
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Scrimshaw Artwork Canes
  1. Scrimshaw Art Trophy Buck Deer Head
  2. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Praying Mantis Insect
  3. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Floppy Eared Bunny Face & Walnut Barley Twist
  4. Big & Tall Barley Twisted Oak with Scrimshawn Handle
  5. Walnut & Curly Maple Cane with Scrimshaw
  6. Scrimshaw Art Walnut Cane
  7. Fancy Barley Twist with Scrimshaw Cane
  8. Lady's Dress Cane, Red Oak, Walnut, Black Lacquer, & Scrimshaw Artwork of a Purple Cone Flower
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Natural Sapling/Limb Canes/Sticks
  1. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  2. Nanny McPhee Movie-Inspired Crooked Walking Stick
  3. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Cane
  4. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  5. Shepherd's Crook Hiking Stick
  6. Black Locust Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  7. Red BirchTree Sapling Hiking Stick
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Fancy Barley-Twist Style Dress Canes
  1. Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
  2. Big & Tall Walnut & Maple Barley Twist Custom Cane
  3. Big & Tall Red Oak and Antler with Scrimshaw Monogram
  4. White Oak Barley Twist Cane
  5. Osage Orange Barley Twist Cane
  6. Walnut & Figured Maple Barley Twist cane
  7. Black Walnut and Spalted Sycamore Barley Twist
  8. Red Oak Barley Twist with Black Lacquer
  9. Red Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Handle
  10. Dress Cane, Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Ring
  11. Bryan's Cane, The Start of my Cane Journey
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Fancy Dress Style Canes
  1. Pink Ivory and Elk Antler Dress Walking Stick
  2. Coiled Ribbon Twisted Spalted White Oak with Walnut Handle
  3. Polished Black Steer Horn Upright Walking Stick
  4. Mexican Bocote Wood, Elk Antler Handle with Hand-Wrought Fine Silver End Caps
  5. Fancy Walking Cane, Camphor Burl, Maple, Bubinga, Whitetail Deer Antler, Inlays & Silver End Caps
  6. Custom Dress-Up Walking Cane, Walnut shaft with a Camphor Burl Handle
  7. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  8. White Birch & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  9. Walnut Bamboo-Style Cane with Chrome Ball Top
  10. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Dress Cane
  11. Bird's Eye Maple Cane
  12. Spalted Sycamore Walking Cane
  13. Walnut Tall Knob Top Opera Cane
  14. Zebrawood & Walnut Knob Top Opera Cane
  15. Dress Cane Set, with several Material Options Shown
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What is Scrimshaw Artwork?:
A Scrimshaw Art Journey: What it is & How to Do it; Five Simple Steps to Success
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Click here to go to My Website page with Walking Canes

I usually have a few canes in stock at:
  1. Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works in Wichita, Kansas
  2. Hutchinson Art Center in Hutchinson, Kansas
  3. Prairie Past Times Antiques & Crafts in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

You can contact these gallery stores directly and see what they still have in stock. They will ship to you if you buy something. If you prefer, you can also email me, as I keep fairly current on what is “unsold.”

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Background: My Cane Making Story:

I enjoy sculpting walking canes. Some folks call them Folk-Art Canes, while others call them Artisan Canes, some call them Carved Canes, while others call them Walking Sticks. There is quite a bit of argument about whether something should be called Sculpture or Carving. They could be considered Functional-Art, which is the type of work that I am usually drawn to. No matter what these canes are called, they seem to bring joy to the owners, and I have been asked to make quite a few of them in the past 5-6 years.

I started making canes on the request of a nice married couple I met on a church-building short-term mission trip to Mexico City in the early 1990’s. Several years after our trip, their son-in-law was diagnosed with bone cancer, and so they wanted to get him a specially made cane that he would enjoy using. They had heard from others that I had quit my corporate office job and started doing woodworking full-time. So, they contacted me to make his cane.

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Sadly, I also built him a casket, another first for me, about a year later

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Since the time I did that first Cane for Bryan, I have enjoyed the work on the canes that I have been able to make, but more importantly, the people that I have been able to meet and help along the journey. I do make a bunch of unique items and furniture, but without a doubt, I receive more correspondence and thank-you cards from cane customers than any of the other items I make, combined. So, they are fun for me to build, and I look forward to each new person and situation.

To keep a handle on all of the memories, I engrave a small serial number on each brass cane tip, and then I keep a detailed database log of each cane, customer, and situation. The list always brings me warm memories each time I scan it and remember the folks that have supported my work over the years, and vice versa.

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Still Want to See more of my work?

Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:

  1. Custom Knives
  2. Custom Art-Furniture I've Built
  3. Artisan Hat Making Tools

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(This text, all photos, project design, are protected by copyright 2007-2009, M.A.DeCou, all rights reserved and protected, ask permission first! Weblinks to this page are permitted)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com





13 comments so far

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Karson

34858 posts in 3001 days


#1 posted 2204 days ago

Very nice cane. mark. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Taigert

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#2 posted 2204 days ago

Your getting pretty good with those canes Mark/

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 2915 days


#3 posted 2204 days ago

Cabachon? I had to Google that one. Very nice work. You are always an inspiration.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 2204 days ago

did I spell it right Dennis? That’s a new word I learned in Silversmithing class this past Spring.

thx,
M

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2204 days ago

if you hadn’t called it “Moses”, I would still have known who it was. Exceptional job!!
Great story behind the cane as well. You should make a little hollow in the bottom of the stand where you can store this story for future generations to read.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 2915 days


#6 posted 2204 days ago

Spelling was right on!

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darryl

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#7 posted 2204 days ago

another great piece of work to come out of your workshop.

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Robert Smith

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#8 posted 2204 days ago

Great JOB, ON The Walking Stick, What kind of wood did you use?

-- Robert, mountainwoodcarving@netzero.net

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Mark A. DeCou

1973 posts in 3006 days


#9 posted 2204 days ago

I added the “materials” list in the project story, thanks for reminding me.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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trifern

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#10 posted 2204 days ago

Truly another work of art. Thanks for sharing Mark.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 2204 days ago

very well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 2203 days ago

Another nice one Mark, and the story was right on. Like Dennis said, ” you are an inspiration”.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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kolwdwrkr

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#13 posted 1913 days ago

This is probably my favorite. Well done

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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