Walking Cane: Carved Art Cane for a friend nicknamed "Taz", Scrimshaw, Silver, Antler, Curly Maple

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 03-10-2009 02:27 AM 14700 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Copyrights: I realize that “Taz” is a Trademarked icon of Warner Brothers. This one-of-a-kind Art Cane is not for sale.

The cane design is by “Taz” collector Don Oehler, and I’m the artist, for this one-of-a-kind piece of Sculpted Art that he asked me to help him create.

My photo copyrights are to protect the cane design, and the photos I’ve taken, and do not protect the trademark of the cartoon character that roughly resembles “Taz”.


Project Story:
What do you make for a guy with a bum leg that is nicknamed “Taz” and has everything with a “Taz” character on it, including his personalized customized pickup truck tag?

What about a “Taz Cane”? Yea, that’s the ticket.

So, Don Oehler designed this cane for himself, I just worked with him to turn his personal vision for his personal walking cane, into reality.

This could be me favorite cane I’ve done so far. I’ve done a lot of them over the years, and it’s getting hard to pick out a favorite now, but this is at least toward the top of the list.

Every detail Don had thought out, the materials, the carving, the teeth, the antler and silver work, and the shape of the handle. So, it was a lot fun working with such a creative guy, and the project pushed me a little on my abilities, allowing me to carve, turn, silversmith, scrimshaw, work with natural antler, and pre-ban elephant ivory, and maybe a few things I’ve forgotten now. It was a challenge, and I’m happy with the way it turned out.

The cane shaft is all one piece, I started with a 2” x 2” x 38” chunk of black walnut, and just removed everything that didn’t look like the walking cane. I turn round tenons on the cane shaft to mount the handle on, keeping very careful attention to the tolerances and “fit” of the joinery. Walking Canes that are used by guys with bum legs, must be strong, and so I work hard to make sure that the workmanship will hold up to the required use.

The teeth are made from pre-ban, legal elephant ivory, each individually made and inserted in a little hole with epoxy glue.

The color on the cane is thinned acrylic paints.

The section below the Handle is Natural Shed Kansas Elk antler, with two hand-wrought fine silver ring bands that I soldered into a loop, and hammered out to the right diameter.

The Scrimshaw Monogram Letters on the front of the handle are also on a piece of legal pre-ban elephant ivory, with a band of Fine Silver as a mounting.

I really enjoy working with silver, and if I had found it earlier in my life, I might have headed toward jewelry work instead of woodworking. But, maybe there’s still time to do both. Like any new adventure, there is a lot to learn, many tools to buy, and lots of marketing to complete.

The handle is made from Curly Maple, a piece of scrap left over from a custom door project that I helped with a few months back. Wouldn’t it be nice to build everything out of such wonderfully figured hard wood? I guess then, it wouldn’t be special.

The cane shaft is kansas black walnut, my preference for durability and carvability. I select straight-grained pieces of wood for my walking canes, another concern for safety in the overall design. Highly figured woods are wonderful to look at, but leaning on them without worry is a concern to a cane maker.

The cane Ferrule Tip is silver-plated brass, with a replaceable rubber end.

thanks for reading,
Mark DeCou



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More Walking Sticks & Canes:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you won’t find very many canes pictured there. I do realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are few more of my canes posted at lumberjocks, thanks for your patience.

Handmade Finished Canes For Sale, Ready to Ship Now: Online Shop Inventory: Click Here to Visit my Cane Inventory Page

Some Cane that are Unsold:
  1. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick, Serial N0. 2009-06
  2. Folk-Art Carved Pirate Face Cane -Serial No. 2005-16
  3. Folk-Art Carved Mountain Man Face Cane -Serial No. 2006-03
  4. Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
  5. Rustic Natural Walking Stick, Nanny McPhee Movie Inspired, Serial No. 2009-07
  6. Fancy Dress Cane, Curly Ambrosia Maple Handle with Black Spiral Shaft, Serial No. 2008-21
  7. Fancy Dress Cane, Walnut Bamboo Inspired Shaft, Buffalo Horn Laminated Handle, Serial No. 2008-23
  8. Scrimshaw Artwork Walnut Cane -Serial No. 2008-08
  9. Red Oak/Black Lacquered Twisted Cane -Serial No. 2008-14
  10. Red Oak Barley Twist Walking Cane -Serial No. 2008-15
  11. Walnut Ball-Top Dress Cane -Serial No. 2008-06
  12. Walnut Cane with Chrome Ball Knob -Serial No. 2008-20
  13. Carved Thumbstick Hiking Sticks with Composite Malachite -Serial No. 2008-24


Folk Art & Pop-Art Carved Canes
  1. Bishop’s Carved Walnut Crosier
  2. Nascar’s Jimmie Johnson Themed Walking Cane
  3. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Stick
  4. Folk-Art Smiling Wood Spirit Face Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle
  5. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  6. Folk-Art Pirate Carved Face Cane w/ Deer Antler Handle
  7. Cartoon Character Taz, Folk Art One-of-a-kind Art Cane
  8. Sculpted Wood Spirit Face Cane
  9. Folk-Art Wood Spirit Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle & Scrimshaw
  10. Folk Art Mountain Man Face Cane
  11. Shamrock Wood Spirit Irish-Theme Face Cane
  12. Walnut Wood Spirit Face Cane with Antler & Turquoise
  13. Collection of Face Carved Canes
  14. Moses-Inspired Face Carved Cane w/ Antler & Turquoise
  15. Shepherd's Stick, Carved Border Collie Welsh-Style Dog Show Trial Stick
  16. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Cane with Scrimshaw Artwork
  17. Amazing Grace Music Notes Carved Cane
  18. A Lady’s Elegant Red Long-Stem Rose Carved Cane
  19. Prairie Fire Hand-Carved Hiking Thumb Sticks
  20. A Folk-Art Carved Albatross Head & Snake Walnut Cane
  21. Carved Folk-Art Walking Cane; 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' Story Stick with Scrimshaw Artwork-
Native American Indian Theme Folk-Art Canes
  1. Apache Chief Geronimo Folk-Art Face Cane
  2. Folk Art Native American Face Cane Set
  3. Apache Chief Cochise Folk-Art Face Cane
  4. Folk Art Carved Cane of Shoshone Chief
  5. Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick
  6. Apache Chief Cochise #2 Folk-Art Face Cane
Scrimshaw Artwork Canes
  1. Scrimshaw Art Trophy Buck Deer Head
  2. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Praying Mantis Insect
  3. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Floppy Eared Bunny Face & Walnut Barley Twist
  4. Big & Tall Barley Twisted Oak with Scrimshawn Handle
  5. Walnut & Curly Maple Cane with Scrimshaw
  6. Scrimshaw Art Walnut Cane
  7. Fancy Barley Twist with Scrimshaw Cane
  8. Lady's Dress Cane, Red Oak, Walnut, Black Lacquer, & Scrimshaw Artwork of a Purple Cone Flower
Natural Sapling/Limb Canes/Sticks
  1. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  2. Nanny McPhee Movie-Inspired Crooked Walking Stick
  3. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Cane
  4. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  5. Shepherd's Crook Hiking Stick
  6. Black Locust Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  7. Red BirchTree Sapling Hiking Stick
Fancy Barley-Twist Style Dress Canes
  1. Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
  2. Big & Tall Walnut & Maple Barley Twist Custom Cane
  3. Big & Tall Red Oak and Antler with Scrimshaw Monogram
  4. White Oak Barley Twist Cane
  5. Osage Orange Barley Twist Cane
  6. Walnut & Figured Maple Barley Twist cane
  7. Black Walnut and Spalted Sycamore Barley Twist
  8. Red Oak Barley Twist with Black Lacquer
  9. Red Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Handle
  10. Dress Cane, Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Ring
  11. Bryan's Cane, The Start of my Cane Journey
Fancy Dress Style Canes
  1. Pink Ivory and Elk Antler Dress Walking Stick
  2. Coiled Ribbon Twisted Spalted White Oak with Walnut Handle
  3. Polished Black Steer Horn Upright Walking Stick
  4. Mexican Bocote Wood, Elk Antler Handle with Hand-Wrought Fine Silver End Caps
  5. Fancy Walking Cane, Camphor Burl, Maple, Bubinga, Whitetail Deer Antler, Inlays & Silver End Caps
  6. Custom Dress-Up Walking Cane, Walnut shaft with a Camphor Burl Handle
  7. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  8. White Birch & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  9. Walnut Bamboo-Style Cane with Chrome Ball Top
  10. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Dress Cane
  11. Bird's Eye Maple Cane
  12. Spalted Sycamore Walking Cane
  13. Walnut Tall Knob Top Opera Cane
  14. Zebrawood & Walnut Knob Top Opera Cane
  15. Dress Cane Set, with several Material Options Shown

What is Scrimshaw Artwork?:
A Scrimshaw Art Journey: What it is & How to Do it; Five Simple Steps to Success
Click here to go to My Website page with Walking Canes

I usually have a few canes in stock at:
  1. Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works in Wichita, Kansas
  2. Hutchinson Art Center in Hutchinson, Kansas
  3. Prairie Past Times Antiques & Crafts in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

You can contact these gallery stores directly and see what they still have in stock. They will ship to you if you buy something. If you prefer, you can also email me, as I keep fairly current on what is “unsold.”

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Background: My Cane Making Story:

I enjoy sculpting walking canes. Some folks call them Folk-Art Canes, while others call them Artisan Canes, some call them Carved Canes, while others call them Walking Sticks. There is quite a bit of argument about whether something should be called Sculpture or Carving. They could be considered Functional-Art, which is the type of work that I am usually drawn to. No matter what these canes are called, they seem to bring joy to the owners, and I have been asked to make quite a few of them in the past 5-6 years.

I started making canes on the request of a nice married couple I met on a church-building short-term mission trip to Mexico City in the early 1990’s. Several years after our trip, their son-in-law was diagnosed with bone cancer, and so they wanted to get him a specially made cane that he would enjoy using. They had heard from others that I had quit my corporate office job and started doing woodworking full-time. So, they contacted me to make his cane.

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Sadly, I also built him a casket, another first for me, about a year later

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Since the time I did that first Cane for Bryan, I have enjoyed the work on the canes that I have been able to make, but more importantly, the people that I have been able to meet and help along the journey. I do make a bunch of unique items and furniture, but without a doubt, I receive more correspondence and thank-you cards from cane customers than any of the other items I make, combined. So, they are fun for me to build, and I look forward to each new person and situation.

To keep a handle on all of the memories, I engrave a small serial number on each brass cane tip, and then I keep a detailed database log of each cane, customer, and situation. The list always brings me warm memories each time I scan it and remember the folks that have supported my work over the years, and vice versa.


Still Want to See more of my work?

Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:

  1. Custom Knives
  2. Custom Art-Furniture I've Built
  3. Artisan Hat Making Tools


(This text, all photos, project design, are protected by copyright 2007-2009, M.A.DeCou, all rights reserved and protected, ask permission first! Weblinks to this page are permitted)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 03-10-2009 02:31 AM

very cool!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 03-10-2009 02:35 AM

Wow! That’s exactly what I would want if my nickname was Taz. Great design and carving.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 03-10-2009 02:55 AM

Mark A great cane.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 03-10-2009 03:46 AM

Nicely done. I’m sure he enjoys it.

-- Gary D.

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#5 posted 03-10-2009 03:57 AM

Looking NICE Mark!! Working with customers can sometimes be a pain but it looks like this went really smooth.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#6 posted 03-10-2009 04:18 AM

That is so cool. You are one talented guy.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 03-10-2009 06:19 AM

Far out. So many things to look at. Fantastic project for a special person.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 01:25 PM

Congratulations on a well executed design.
As a cane-maker of lesser acomplishments, I have great appreciation of what it takes to do something like that.


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#10 posted 03-10-2009 01:54 PM

also a cane maker and I just love it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 03-10-2009 04:01 PM

First class.

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#12 posted 03-10-2009 04:45 PM

Totally cool Mark!

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#13 posted 03-10-2009 05:13 PM

My favorite too. I love a project with a sense of humor. I bet no one ever sees this that doesn’t crack a smile.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#14 posted 03-10-2009 05:26 PM

one of my favourites as well
great job!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 03-10-2009 08:37 PM

You did it for me, You did it for him. Great Job Friend.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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