Lacewood Leopard and cub cane

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Project by mtnwild posted 12-20-2009 08:18 PM 2512 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing on a theme.( Kind of liked the way the mother bobcat cane and the panther cane came out). I had this piece of Lacewood and got to wondering what that would look like shaped up. Guess that’s what it looks like. Looses a lot of the patterns. Get stripes though.
Did the mother leopard first. Just to see if I really could do it. Though it came out tolerable acceptable, so I’ll move on from here. Next one should be better.
Had to find some walnut wide enough and strong enough for the handle after I had the leopard along far enough. Found a nice chunk down at the Cross cut hardwoods warehouse. They let me cut a gnarly section out of the end of a 4×6 beam. Don’t know how the final handle shape ended up that way. After the dust cleared there it was.
Then had to come up with a cub for the ” ahhh, isn’t that cute”, factor. That cub is a real brat.
Went through a lot of physical and mental gymnastics on this one.
But, here it is, it’s what I did. I’ll add it to the group of canes that are left and move on to, I really don’t know what, yet. Did not really plan on getting tied up in such a long term, difficult project as this. But you get an inspiration and what can you do?
Oh, Lacewood midsection with rosewood spacers, walnut handle and shaft. Finish is boiled linseed oil.
And it’s very comfortable to hold. What I like about the canes. You get to handle the wood. I like the touch factor.
Hope you enjoy, thanks….....................

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

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#1 posted 12-20-2009 08:29 PM

Well Jack all that perseverance payed off it turned out Great! Its not just a simple cane its a work of art ….

I want to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 09:01 PM

That’s impressive! Do these canes actually get used or just hung on the wall?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 09:49 PM

Thanks Rj, Merry Christmas back at you.

sras, all the canes are totally usable. I’ve given six away that are used daily. I use my big hiking stick when I go into the woods and I use my falcon cane when I’ll be out for an extended period of time. Most the new fancy canes are, like you say, more of an art object. Don’t have an outlet so they tend to hang around till chance or opportunity arises. Thanks for the compliment…............

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

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 09:54 PM

A work of art Jack. I remember putting a handle on tankard once, so I can only imagine what you must have been through to make your beautiful creation.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 11:12 PM

Fantastic cane Jack. You keep out doing yourself. Keep it up, and thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 11:23 PM

Very Cool Jack an amazing cane.


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#7 posted 12-21-2009 12:59 AM

That truly is a piece of art. Excellent design and I really like how the lacewood looks carved. Very very well done. Happy Holidays

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 04:03 AM

WOW, that is quite a cane Jack. Fantastic carving!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 06:56 AM

I really like how this turned out. I liked your quote, “mental gymnastics” good articulation in which I think we can relate to in our own work. Well done.

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

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 08:28 PM

That is incredibly cool. I love it—-great job

Thanks for sharing


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#11 posted 12-21-2009 10:32 PM

Thanks Guys!

I wonder about spending so much time on one piece when I could be more productive on more utilitarian projects, that might make a dollar. But, I get obsessed with getting old and not following my bliss.

By the way, there is over 600 hours on this project. I worked on nothing else, and I live in my shop. Been run out of my house. Not that bad, unless I run out of firewood. :)

Well back to the shop, see what I can waste my time on now.

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

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 07:11 AM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 02:54 PM

Very impressive!

-- Janice

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#14 posted 02-10-2010 09:58 PM

I think , when one shapes wood like this and you just let your creative carving energy flow, the end shape is as it should be and always looks good. I love what you’ve done – great piece of work .

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#15 posted 05-30-2010 11:17 PM

Beautiful work, and I love the use of 2 different woods, that accent and compliment each other. Definately gives me another thought for more options for the scrap pices I end up with, or only small sections of usable branches. Thanks

-- Steve

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