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    Several years ago I started work on a walking cane. It was set aside and almost forgotten.

    Then a few weeks ago a friend advised that he was going to have to have a knee replacement and liver transplant. He is very tall and was bemoaning the fact that he would have to find a "plain jane cane" that was adjustable. Finally I told Robert that if it was really bothering him that bad I would see if I could adjust the one I had started to suit his height. Wow! It was perfect for him. No adjustment necessary. So, I have slowed work on the snowy owl and am bringing both projects along together.

    I had intended to continue the oak leaf/acorn motif on to the head of the cane. But I simply cannot get away from my love of birds and beasts. This piece had been started and worked with hand tools. But, I am now under a time constraint and am going with carving knife, diamond ball, and diamond point burr.
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  • #2
    Paul, that will be a beautiful cane.
    Arthur

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    • #3
      Nice job Paul, I like the design. Those acorn and leaf design is just the right touch.

      Bob
      Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.

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      • #4
        This is going to be a super cane, Paul. If I might ask, is the shaft a limb and the handle a part of the tree? and what are you using for a cane tip? Just looking for more knowledge
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          Looking good so far Paul and Definitely a Good Subject. Merle

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          • #6
            Thanks for the compliments my Frien's.

            The cane is two pieces of basswood. One for most of the cane and a second (in fhe form of an L) to attach the handle

            I purchased the cane from another carver. He specializes in walking canes and has an ingenious idea for the tip. I occasionally carve staffs and like the idea of this end (and purchased it so that I had an example on hand) which can be used both off beaten paths or on the hard surface of a road or sidewalk.

            A tenon cutter that fits on the end of a cordless drill is used to prepare the end. A piece of copper pipe with the interior dimension of the tenon goes on next and the length adjusted to match the end of the stick. The actual end is a rubber device that is designed to go on the bottom of furniture legs. It is slightly larger than the copper and protects both it and the wood. It has a recessed hole in the middle and a dry wall screw holds it on the cane. All parts are purchased at the local chain hardware store and thus are easily replaced.
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            Last edited by Paul_Guraedy; 11-05-2016, 07:29 AM. Reason: Edited with additional information

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            • #7
              Yeah, that's going to be a beauty when it's done Paul. Very nice. Nice idea on the replaceable bits as well.

              Tinwood

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              • #8
                Thanks, Paul. I'm still having an argument in my mind about the cardigan style cane VS a topper. Just would want to give someone a cane that the hand broke off. I've posted before how I attach the topper to the cane. I've been thinking about a way to use some 1/4" pipe and an elbow to strengthen the handle. I've included a picture of the tips that I put on the canes, very similar, I just use a reducer and the same type of rubber leg foot. For a shaft, I use a 1' poplar dowel.
                Again thanks for sharing Tip.jpg
                . . .JoeB

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                • #9
                  Nice, Paul! Going to be a beautiful cane.
                  Brandant Robinson
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                  • #10
                    Well done Paul. nice detail work on the shank. It will be a great looking stick.
                    We live in the land of the free because of the brave!
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                    • #11
                      I meant to comment on this earlier but forgot . This is a really lovely gesture Paul. I'm sure your friend will be pleased as punch. Will you show us pics of it finished?

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                      • #12
                        I will post final pics but it will be Jan/Feb or so. I am working hard to get the snowy owl done and in the mail prior to Xmas.

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