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Anyone else collect canes?

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by Six String, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. jacala

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    I'll work on it.Will get my son to help me take a photo or two.Sent from my ASIO monitored desk computer.
     
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    I guess I do - - that is I inherited one from my great-Uncle:
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    He made many like it and I was quite fond of him. I have continued his tradition but I learn something from every one I make. So far they have come out much more bulky than my great-Uncle's but on the bright side they would make serviceable clubs in a pinch!
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    I always carry a folding pruning saw when I'm out hiking and look for saplings that have a nice prominent root or branch at the right angle to the trunk. I cut them down and let them dry for many months then "sculpt" the desired shape. The more branches/roots coming out of the sapling the better - they make great shapes when the cane is shaped. I think the one on the far left (of the photo above) is the best to date. It was pretty twisted and I cut it on a table saw and then ran it through a planer to flatten it in one dimension. I then tried to straighten it in the other dimension but the curve was too prominent and is still evident. I then used a router to radius the edges and finished with a lot of sanding (100, 150, 220 grit). There were some deep indentations on the roots and so the dark spots on the handle are the bark or "live-edge" in woodworking terms (the top cane in the photo below). The trees I have used are birch, willow, beech and ironwood. I finished one in polyurethane, but thought it looked too plastic so the others have been finished in multiple coats of danish oil.
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  3. jacala

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    Thank you!


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    I had two made up recently, based loosely on the wooden Cold Steel Walkabout. One from Ash and one from Padauk.

    The Ash one is un finished in this picture, I have now oiled it and the grain has come up nicely

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    64 now and I want to start.