New canes

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Project by mtnwild posted 07-18-2009 11:41 PM 2154 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m still making canes. So many ideas right now to stop. And I have gotten it down to three days to complete a cane. I was hopping I would figure out a faster method. I might do it in one if I really got up early and worked really efficiently. Don’t see that happening.
I’m using a fast drying epoxy now, guess I’m learning. It used to take days for the different sections to cure. Now it’s minutes.
These two canes I made the shaft with six sides instead of round. Mark inspired that idea in me. Thanks Mark! I’d seen it before but had forgotten. It’s great to be old, always something new.
The dark cane is African Rosewood. Found a ten dollar blank at the wood store and thought it would work great. Very dark but it does have some nice color. As spacers between the Maple handle and the African Rosewood is a small spacer of Brown African Ebony. Hard to see but it’s there.
The other cane is Figured Maple with rosewood spacers and a Walnut shaft.
To make the shaft I drew a circle at each end of the shaft the size I wanted at each end, then divided the circle into a six slice pie. Then connect the points to the side of the square shaft. Connect the lines to the far ends and cut on the band saw. Long strokes with the sanding block levels it all out. Really not too hard. Dowels are used throughout connecting the pieces.
Last photo is my collection so far, minus five that have found good homes.
Thanks for looking

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

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#1 posted 07-19-2009 12:12 AM

Faster isn’t always better. The wood combination is fabulous, I really like maple with the rosewood. Well done.

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#2 posted 07-19-2009 12:18 AM

Thanks Lou, I hear that, however I was spending two weeks on my easiest canes. That was frustratingly slow. Had to do better than that. That would never pay. This way at least I can ask a fair price and not feel so frustrated.

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

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#3 posted 07-19-2009 01:24 AM

Looks nice, You have quite the sample of canes(pic6) now. Do you sell them online or in a shop? 2 weeks to 3 days is amazing improvements on time. They have a nice clean and solid look/feel to them.

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#4 posted 07-19-2009 01:31 AM

Thanks Jeff.
No outlet yet. I’m into the creative process right now. Looking for the best cost effective, good looking cane, bread board, nic nax and such, that I can put out for future craft fairs. So far the canes are the most fun, but I’ll do something else later, I think, maybe the canes will be a hit. Something will happen….;}

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

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#5 posted 07-19-2009 02:02 AM

I love the figured wood and carving in the handles. What finish did you use? How has the finish on the 5 others you sold/gave away held up? Thinking that the friction and skin oil from use would just polish it up even more!

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 02:17 AM

fabulous looking canes. Great combination of woods and I’m sure they will be a hit.

-- John @

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#7 posted 07-19-2009 02:26 AM

The finish. I forgot to mention.
I’ve been using boiled linseed oil. I put three coats on. I wait about two weeks per coat. then wait two weeks and apply Renaissance wax. Looks good. I figure that’s what they use for gun stocks so it must be good for a cane. Least I hope so. Anyone with better information I’d love to hear. You keep applying BLO over the years and it’s supposed to get better and better. Least that’s what I hear…........

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

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#8 posted 07-19-2009 05:09 AM

Hey Jack
these look great super job well done


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#9 posted 07-19-2009 02:26 PM

Nice looking canes. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 07-19-2009 02:43 PM

Really sweet looking canes, I didn’t realize there was so much time in these.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 07-19-2009 03:48 PM

Nice work and beautiful woods. You could try to sell on Etsy. It has worked for my small woodstuffs. Not enough to quit my day job though.

Keep it up :^)

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#12 posted 12-02-2009 06:20 PM

great looking wooden canes.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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