Turkey Foot Cane - attached to shaft

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 02-11-2014 05:32 PM 2078 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the process I used to attach the carved turkey foot to a bark-on shaft. I am not sure what type of wood the shaft is, but I selected it for the interesting bark it has. I have used this type before and the bark stays attached and has interesting colors and textures. The trick is to make a nice transition between it and the carving, trying to make it flow, nut just a carving stuck on top of a stick. I used wooden dowels and Titebond glue to join the carving to the stick. After the glue dried overnight, I used gouges and a knife to carve both the stick and the foot to make sure I had nothing sticking out. I also tried to match it better to the crevices on the stick.

I used QuikWood to fill in any gaps and to sculpt. This is an epoxy putty that comes in a tube; you cut off a slice and knead it to mix the center and outer coating together and it sets up pretty quick. I use a knife and a pointy stick to sculpt it and texture it to match the bark and help it adhere to the carved part as it firmed up.

After it dried, I used gesso to prime it and give my acrylic paints something to stick to.

Then it is just a matter of painting it to match and blend with the colors of the bark. It helps to let it dry between coats and it does take a little patience to get it to match and look just right. But you can end up with something that fools the eye quite well. I built the thing and I can’t swear for sure exactly where the joint is! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 01:53 AM

I think it’s gonna all blend in nicely. Way kool, Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 09:20 PM

Fantastic job of blending!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 12:15 PM

Neat, nice job

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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