Design Sketch: Dress Walking Cane, Mexican Bocote, Elk Antler, Silver, & Elephant Ivory with Inlays

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 09-05-2008 02:30 PM 9255 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

If you are just surfing through the internet about Walking Canes, and you want to see some actual canes I’ve carved, click on the Widget Picture of the cane here. That project has more than 40 other links to other unique carved walking canes I’ve built.

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This blog entry is for showing a new concept sketch of a carved walking cane design that I am working on so that the prospective customer can view the concept drawings and provide his input, or approval.

thanks for reading,
Mark DeCou
email: [email protected]

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Update 10-11-2008: This cane has now been completed. You can see the final photos here

Cane Customer Story:

This summer I met a nice lady that heard about my walking canes from another lady who I had carved the Lady's Carved Rose Cane for, earlier this year. She didn’t need a cane herself, but thought it would be an encouraging birthday gift to her sister who recently had to have one of her legs amputated below the knee. This sketch defines the custom Walking Cane for the sister that had the amputation surgery.

She also decided to also buy herself a walking stick to use when she is hiking and walking around the neighborhood. Click Here to go see the Concept Sketch for the Walking Stick

During the meeting to discuss the specifics of the desired custom walking cane, the 2nd sister decided to buy the 1st sister a return gift and is insisting on paying for the walking Thumb Stick for Christmas as a gift back to her sister. They were a lot of fun to work with.

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Dress Walking Cane
  1. Height: exactly 35-3/8” Tall.
  2. Handle Detail: The Kansas Elk Shed Antler handle has two end caps, made from legal pre-ban Elephant Ivory, held in place by Fine Silver Bezel End Caps. On the Front of the handle, I will inlay a small Gold Cross that the customer’s Mother wore before she passed away. On the Back of the handle I will inlay a Pewter Medallion of a Guardian Angle, which also belonged to her mother. To see the actual handle that will be used, click here
  3. The Shaft of this cane will be made from Mexican Bocote Wood with a round section at the top transitioning to an octagonal shape. To see actual examples of cane shafts similar in style, click here
  4. Mexican Bocote Wood: for a sample of what this wood looks like in a walking cane look at shaft “D” by clicking this link
  5. The tip will be a brass ferrel with a replaceable rubber tip.

If you’d like to see some actual canes I’ve done instead of just sketches, you can click here


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(Note: This blog, project design, and images are copyrighted in 2008 by the Author, M.A.DeCou. If you want to use any part of this posting or the photos, for any Feeds, or a book, or another website, or for any reason whatsoever, even ones that I could not have dreamed about you doing before you did it, you must ask for permission first. Please. Weblinks back to this page are permitted without my prior permission.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 09-05-2008 07:50 PM

I sure looks like the cane business is still doing well. Nice design once again.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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