2 new canes - still learning but getting better.

  • Advertise with us
Project by Upgrayedd posted 02-04-2018 07:23 PM 813 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are all from branches I cut and held onto for a year or so (some much much more).

The one on the left is my latest (3rd cane) and I’ve finally got my process down pretty good (still learning and improving).

The one on the right was my 2nd cane and was experimenting with different wood types and how to make joints.
I had a hell of a time getting the handle to cane attached and you can see the crack/ big mistake, but I just kept going and didn’t worry too much b/c it was all about learning how to get a better end result.

3rd cane was much easier after rigging up my vice to be able to secure to drill press.
I’ve just been joining smaller sticks as part of the learning process and seeing what looks good, (and what doesn’t) also how the finish looks on each.

All joints are 2 part epoxy glue w/ 3/8” threaded rod dowel. All shaping done w/ Grinder and 60grit flap disk. It goes very quickly. Then rasps, and sand paper.

Left cane: Handle – bottle brush tree w/ some spalting; then bald cypress; walnut spacer; drake elm bottom.

Right cane: Handle -drake elm crotch; crepe myrtle spacer; drake elm spacer; crepe myrtle 6”; bald cypress spacer; mystery tree spacer; bald cypress spacer; mystery tree bottom (had some wormy action that I didn’t sand out.)

Finished w/ 3 coats of Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish.

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

2 comments so far

View Andrek's profile


549 posts in 2720 days

#1 posted 02-05-2018 12:50 AM

Welcome to the club. I’m learning things myself, this is part of the fun, well done, but don’t be too hard on yourself.

-- andrek

View NotaJock's profile


178 posts in 1909 days

#2 posted 02-05-2018 01:44 AM

I see from the sidewalk that you have another artist in the family. When in doubt ask the other artist for input. You might be surprised what an extra pair of eyes may tell you.

PS: Due to a failing hip, I too have been making canes and walking sticks lately, primarily from found wood and bamboo. I’m finding that a cane going down stairs is a liability where as a longer walking stick is a big help.
When you stop learning new things you’re probably in a casket.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics