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    Working on a walking cane from a natural stick. Per the pictures, there are a couple of cracks in the handles. Was thinking about using epoxy to fill in along with dark red alumilite. I’m open to suggestions.
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    Last edited by Wdcarver55; 05-20-2022, 09:56 PM.
    Thanks,
    Greg

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    I think that might be a winner all the way around, would certainly give a flash of a color, good idea
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Thank you Joe
      Thanks,
      Greg

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      • #4
        I've seen turquoise chips used to fill walking stick cracks.
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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        • #5
          Howdy wdcarver
          I would use some very fine CA glue and flood the cracks with it. It will suck right down into the finest crack with a capilliary action. I would leave that for a day or two to harden right up and allow all solvents to be evaporated before using the epoxy glue as a filler. I like the idea of adding some colour to it to add some interest.

          Merle is our resident cane man. Drop him a line but I think he will agree with the method above. He has just done up 2 sticks with a similar problem.

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          • #6
            QM Cane (4) (Custom).jpgQM Cane (2) (Custom).jpgQM Cane (3) (Custom).jpg

            I ran across a similar problem on one of my canes. I used clear epoxy and then sanded it down to a real fine finish and applied multiple coats of spar varnish. I've been using it now for well over 10-years and it's still holding together.

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            • #7
              The epoxy woll work well. Treeline has a verity of powders and chips you can mix in to ad color it you would like.
              https://treelineusa.com/inlay-materials/
              We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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              • #8
                Thanks everyone for the suggestions
                Thanks,
                Greg

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                • #9
                  Here is the finished cane. I wound up using the powdered inlay and I’m real happy with the results. Thanks again for the help you all offered. 0899DC55-9181-4220-B30C-3037E4C13D67.jpg
                  Thanks,
                  Greg

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                  • #10
                    I've walked with a cane for a few years now. Yours looks like it would be easy under the hand.
                    Little custom accents always get people talking.
                    Brian T

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                    • #11
                      Thanks,
                      It did feel good in the hand, that is pretty much it’s natural shape.
                      Thanks,
                      Greg

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                      • #12
                        Looks good Greg! Nicely done. By the Tide “A“ I assume you a Alabama stick maker. Any where near Mobile?

                        Last edited by Randy; 08-07-2022, 04:39 PM.
                        We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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                        • #13
                          Hi Greg
                          Came out looking just fine. nice job.

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                          • #14
                            Thank you Glenn
                            Thanks,
                            Greg

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