Cane Repair

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Project by teenagewoodworker posted 11-19-2009 01:48 AM 2422 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago my former history teacher (of who i am very good friends with) came to me to ask for a favor. His favorite cane that he had picked up in a trip to African had snapped. The snap was near the bottom of the cane and was quite acute so i told him that i would see what i could do. Upon examining the cane it is solid ebony through and through. It appears to be hand carve and from all of the beautiful details on it as far as i can tell it is hand carved. Now for anyone who has ever tried to carve Ebony they will appreciate this. The pictures are beautiful and appear to be of both an African warrior as well as a mother or some other woman. They are quite detailed and amazing especially since they are carved in ebony. Im sure that you will all appreciate this craftsmanship such as i do.

The first picture is a full view of the cane. You can see it is not cylindrical so it is not turned and it defidently hand shaped. the second picture shows the repair. All that i did to repair it was drilled a 3/8” hole as close to center as i could with a hand drill and then used epoxy to secure and surround a 1/4” oak dowel that i put in the holes. The extra room allowed the edges to line up perfectly and the epoxy anchored it all in there. Then i filled what was remaining of the cracks and trimmed the epoxy. last after a little bit of sanding an another coat of oil just buffed on to restore the luster i was done. The last pictures show an example of the amazing carvings that surround the entirety of the cane. Its quite amazing. I wish i could do a 3d view for everyone to see but unfortunately i can’t. Hope you enjoy it!!

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#1 posted 11-19-2009 02:35 AM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 02:56 AM

Great Work, Denis!

It sure is nice to “give back” something to someone who gave so much of themselves to you, isn’t it!


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#3 posted 11-19-2009 03:05 AM

long time no see dennis!!! great work—-and as always—-treat those old history teachers with reverence (from the perspective of an aging history teacher)...

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 03:32 AM

bout time ya posted something Dennis..Geez feels like forever..Pay it forward…Glad you had the sense in you to realize whom brought you to the place you are now. You are wise beyond your years. Keep it up and when you are my age you will be the next Charles Neil !

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 03:33 AM

Great repair.

-- 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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#6 posted 11-19-2009 03:40 AM

Hi Dennis, I’m new to this site but couldn’t help but comment. It seems like restorations/repairs are always the toughest but you did a fantastic job and I’m thinking the fiberglass resin over an oak dowel will probably hold forever.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 11:20 PM

an honour to work on such a piece—and an honour to be asked!

thanks for sharing

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

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