Compass Graduation Canes

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Project by KittyBearD posted 05-16-2016 12:54 AM 2841 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the past 4 years I have been commissioned to make graduation canes for various secret societies at Dartmouth. These compass canes are my favorite, because I like compasses. This year the group requested solid walnut. I stamp the heads with my metal stamping kit. I then apply one coat of either poly urethane or lacquer. Once that coat dries I put a dab of brass metal paint on each letter and then sand when dry. The paint fills the stamped cavity only without bleeding into the surrounding wood. I cut and slip the brass tube onto each end and secure with a drop of ca glue. Finally I finish the canes with multiple coats of gloss lacquer.

-- Kitty, West Coast

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 02:08 AM

Very intricate, awesome work.

-- Brian Noel

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 10:59 AM

Pretty unique work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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