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Fancy Walking Cane, Camphor Burl, Maple, Bubinga, Whitetail Deer Antler, Inlays & Silver End Caps

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 07-26-2008 01:09 AM 12271 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This was a commissioned walking cane, so it has been sold and shipped to Emporia, Kansas, USA

Cane Serial Number #2008-27
Height: 35.5 inches

Welcome Web 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:

Handle:
  1. Kansas Whitetail Deer Antler Handle
  2. New Mexico Turquoise Chips (Icthus “fish” Inlay)
  3. Fine Silver Hand Wrought End Caps
  4. Composite Turqouise (Front)
  5. Irish 6d Coin from 1946 (Inlay)
  6. Synthetic Antique Ivory (Back)
  7. Gold St. Christopher Medallion (Inlay)
Shaft:
  1. Camphor Burl Wood
  2. Figured Hard Rock Maple Wood
  3. Figured Bubinga Wood
  4. Turned Brass Ferrule
  5. Replaceable Rubber Tip

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Project Story:

The customer for this walking cane is a martial arts student, and all-round interesting guy. This is the third project I’ve done for him, and I have sure enjoyed getting to know him this year.

The first walking cane I built for him is shown here:
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I also built a small knife for him earlier this year:
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The customer wanted this cane to be both beautiful, and functional as a Karate defense weapon, so the handle is heavy, and the cane shaft is thick and strong. I pity the fool that forces himself to be introduced to the wood shaft, or handle of this walking cane. I also hope the cane never has to be tested as a real defense weapon, but it will be ready if it is ever called upon.

The customer found the Camphor Burl and Figured Bubinga wood for this walking cane at an exotic wood internet website, and told me what pieces to order. I’ve never used either of these woods before, so it was a fun adventure for me as well. The customer also designed the octagonal-round shape of the shaft, and picked out the Figured Maple for the transition piece. Making the transition from the thick cane shaft to the narrow profile of the bottom of the antler handle was quite a chore to figure out. I finally decided up a smooth tapered look to bring the cross section of the shaft down in size to fit the width of the handle.

When I ordered the exotic wood, I picked out several other exotic pieces of wood for my own use, and built them into various cane shafts and have shown them before in this project posting:

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The Handle was made out of a Whitetail Deer trophy mount that the customer’s deceased father had mounted many years ago after hunting the deer with a rifle. I took apart the trophy mount, and cut the antler in just the right spot so that it would work for a walking cane handle. That was a pretty tense moment for me when I was cutting up the treasured antler, but I really liked the way he used his father’s memory for the handle, giving it a special meaning. The handle is actually very comfortable in either hand, but I designed it to be carried mostly in the Right hand, the customer’s preference.

The inlayed Irish Coin was purchased by the customer on the internet to commemorate his birth year and family heritage. The St. Christopher medal was also purchased by the customer at a local jewelry store and will “watch his back” as he walks with the cane. I inlayed the Irish Coin and the Gold Medallion and mounted the end cap material in the silver caps. The front of the handle is a composite-turquoise made from crushed turquoise stone that is mixed with clear resin to make a durable material that is used by knife makers for a durable handle material.

The small Icthus (fish) on the top of the handle was requested by the customer, so that he could wrap his palm around the handle as a remembrance of his Faith every time he goes outside with his walking cane. The inlay was done by carefully carving a groove in the antler with a small Dremel bit, and then filling the groove with crushed turquoise stone. I crush the stones carefully with a little hammer. I have shown how to do that process in the past in this Steak Knife project:

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I learned how to do the Silversmithing work for the handle caps this past Spring while taking a class at CityArts in Wichita. My instructor was Kim Lister, who I really enjoyed studying under for the 10 week class. If it wasn’t for the 90 mile drive to town, I’d continue my training, but I just can’t afford to do that right now. I thoroughly enjoyed the silver work, and if had I discovered it years ago, I might have gone that direction instead of working with wood, it is that much fun. The end caps looked like they would be easy enough when I first conceived of the idea, but making them work, and to fit properly was actually quite a chore, requiring the hand-wrought process. Eventhough they came out successfully, I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own with out the expert instruction I received. I sure do like the finished look of the antler and silver end caps, and hope that future commissioned walking canes will include silversmithing work.

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Blogging It: Progress Photos
  1. Whitetail Deer Antler Walking Cane Handle with Silversmithing Work
  2. Trying my big hairy hands at Silversmithing Work, first photos of my 4th project

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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





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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 02:18 AM

Nice pictures ;) of another quality cane!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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darryl

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 03:44 AM

great looking cane Mark.
I really like the silver end caps and the transition from the octagon-to-rounded shaft.

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trifern

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#3 posted 07-26-2008 04:14 AM

Another outstanding utilitarian piece of art. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 07-26-2008 06:21 AM

Nice work

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

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 10:11 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#6 posted 07-27-2008 11:42 PM

Great cane and another great story.

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Tom "BUG" Janos

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#7 posted 01-22-2009 10:04 PM

SUPER!!! I love it. How did you mount the handle on the shaft? I made one from Diamond Willow and used a 2 part epoxy for that but my next one is going to be a stag handle and I have no idea how to mount it.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 04:34 AM

I am interested in a custome made whitetail deer antler cane with a blade in it and the name Big E carved on it as soon as possible. I would also like to know how much that will be. If you get the chance, e-mail me at Lildebbycake@yahoo.com.

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