Custom Dress Walking Cane: Black Walnut Ribbed Shaft, Camphor Burl & Burl Walnut Derby Style Handle

  • Advertise with us
Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 08-26-2010 09:04 PM 6564 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Commissioned Custom Walking Cane


Serial Number: 2010-13

Height: 32”

Shaft: Black Walnut

Handle: Camphor Burl with Burled Walnut

Tip: Brass Ferrule with rubber tip


Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

(Note: all text, photos, and project design is protected by copyright 2010-2100 by the Author, M.A. DeCou. No unauthorized use of this material is allowed in total, or in part.)


Cane Sample Slideshow: To hear Music, click the Speaker Icon


More Walking Sticks & Canes:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you won’t find very many canes pictured there. I do realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are few more of my canes posted at lumberjocks, thanks for your patience.

Handmade Finished Canes For Sale, Ready to Ship Now: Online Shop Inventory: Click Here to Visit my Cane Inventory Page

- List of Other Canes I’ve built:-

Folk Art & Pop-Art Carved Canes
  1. 50th Wedding Anniversary Staff
  2. Carved Face Life-Story Cane
  3. Motorcycle Biker's Walking Cane, Carved Flames
  4. Elk Antler Handle, Carved Twisting Oak Leaves
  5. Bishop’s Carved Walnut Crosier
  6. Nascar’s Jimmie Johnson Themed Walking Cane
  7. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Stick
  8. Folk-Art Smiling Wood Spirit Face Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle
  9. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  10. Folk-Art Pirate Carved Face Cane w/ Deer Antler Handle
  11. Cartoon Character Taz, Folk Art One-of-a-kind Art Cane
  12. Sculpted Wood Spirit Face Cane
  13. Folk-Art Wood Spirit Cane w/ Elk Antler Handle & Scrimshaw
  14. Folk Art Mountain Man Face Cane
  15. Shamrock Wood Spirit Irish-Theme Face Cane
  16. Walnut Wood Spirit Face Cane with Antler & Turquoise
  17. Collection of Face Carved Canes
  18. Moses-Inspired Face Carved Cane w/ Antler & Turquoise
  19. Shepherd's Stick, Carved Border Collie Welsh-Style Dog Show Trial Stick
  20. Carved Oak Leaf Walking Cane with Scrimshaw Artwork
  21. Amazing Grace Music Notes Carved Cane
  22. A Lady’s Elegant Red Long-Stem Rose Carved Cane
  23. Prairie Fire Hand-Carved Hiking Thumb Sticks
  24. A Folk-Art Carved Albatross Head & Snake Walnut Cane
  25. Carved Folk-Art Walking Cane; 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' Story Stick with Scrimshaw Artwork-
Native American Indian Theme Folk-Art Canes
  1. Apache Chief Geronimo Folk-Art Face Cane
  2. Folk Art Native American Face Cane Set
  3. Apache Chief Cochise Folk-Art Face Cane
  4. Folk Art Carved Cane of Shoshone Chief
  5. Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick
  6. Apache Chief Cochise #2 Folk-Art Face Cane
Scrimshaw Artwork Canes
  1. Scrimshaw Art Trophy Buck Deer Head
  2. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Praying Mantis Insect
  3. Scrimshaw Art Walking Cane: Floppy Eared Bunny Face & Walnut Barley Twist
  4. Big & Tall Barley Twisted Oak with Scrimshawn Handle
  5. Walnut & Curly Maple Cane with Scrimshaw
  6. Scrimshaw Art Walnut Cane
  7. Fancy Barley Twist with Scrimshaw Cane
  8. Lady's Dress Cane, Red Oak, Walnut, Black Lacquer, & Scrimshaw Artwork of a Purple Cone Flower
Natural Sapling/Limb Canes/Sticks
  1. Ash Sapling with Elk Antler and Inlays of Crushed Turquoise
  2. Knarly Cedar Driftwood Topped Sapling Stick
  3. Folk-Art Carved Wood Spirit Hiking Stick
  4. Nanny McPhee Movie-Inspired Crooked Walking Stick
  5. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Cane
  6. Naturally Twisted Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  7. Shepherd's Crook Hiking Stick
  8. Black Locust Tree Sapling Walking Stick
  9. Red BirchTree Sapling Hiking Stick
Fancy Barley-Twist Style Dress Canes
  1. Fancy Barley Twisted Ebonized Oak & Elk Antler Cane, Serial No. 2009-05
  2. Big & Tall Walnut & Maple Barley Twist Custom Cane
  3. Big & Tall Red Oak and Antler with Scrimshaw Monogram
  4. White Oak Barley Twist Cane
  5. Osage Orange Barley Twist Cane
  6. Walnut & Figured Maple Barley Twist cane
  7. Black Walnut and Spalted Sycamore Barley Twist
  8. Red Oak Barley Twist with Black Lacquer
  9. Red Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Handle
  10. Dress Cane, Oak Barley Twist with Walnut Ring
  11. Bryan's Cane, The Start of my Cane Journey
Fancy Dress Style Canes
  1. Ribbed Walnut Cane with Camphor Burl Derby Handle
  2. African Blackwood and Lapis Lazuli Ball Walking Stick
  3. Pink Ivory and Elk Antler Dress Walking Stick
  4. Coiled Ribbon Twisted Spalted White Oak with Walnut Handle
  5. Polished Black Steer Horn Upright Walking Stick
  6. Mexican Bocote Wood, Elk Antler Handle with Hand-Wrought Fine Silver End Caps
  7. Fancy Walking Cane, Camphor Burl, Maple, Bubinga, Whitetail Deer Antler, Inlays & Silver End Caps
  8. Custom Dress-Up Walking Cane, Walnut shaft with a Camphor Burl Handle
  9. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  10. White Birch & Buffalo Horn Twisted Cane
  11. Walnut Bamboo-Style Cane with Chrome Ball Top
  12. Walnut & Buffalo Horn Dress Cane
  13. Bird's Eye Maple Cane
  14. Spalted Sycamore Walking Cane
  15. Walnut Tall Knob Top Opera Cane
  16. Zebrawood & Walnut Knob Top Opera Cane
  17. Dress Cane Set, with several Material Options Shown

What is Scrimshaw Artwork?:
A Scrimshaw Art Journey: What it is & How to Do it; Five Simple Steps to Success
Click here to go to My Website page with Walking Canes

I usually have a few canes in stock at:
  1. Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works in Wichita, Kansas
  2. Prairie Past Times Antiques & Crafts in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

You can contact these gallery stores directly and see what they still have in stock. They will ship to you if you buy something. If you prefer, you can also email me, as I keep fairly current on what is “unsold.”

- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

Background: My Cane Making Story:

I enjoy sculpting walking canes. Some folks call them Folk-Art Canes, while others call them Artisan Canes, some call them Carved Canes, while others call them Walking Sticks. There is quite a bit of argument about whether something should be called Sculpture or Carving. They could be considered Functional-Art, which is the type of work that I am usually drawn to. No matter what these canes are called, they seem to bring joy to the owners, and I have been asked to make quite a few of them in the past 5-6 years.

I started making canes on the request of a nice married couple I met on a church-building short-term mission trip to Mexico City in the early 1990’s. Several years after our trip, their son-in-law was diagnosed with bone cancer, and so they wanted to get him a specially made cane that he would enjoy using. They had heard from others that I had quit my corporate office job and started doing woodworking full-time. So, they contacted me to make his cane.

Click for details

Sadly, I also built him a casket, another first for me, about a year later

Click for details

Since the time I did that first Cane for Bryan, I have enjoyed the work on the canes that I have been able to make, but more importantly, the people that I have been able to meet and help along the journey. I do make a bunch of unique items and furniture, but without a doubt, I receive more correspondence and thank-you cards from cane customers than any of the other items I make, combined. So, they are fun for me to build, and I look forward to each new person and situation.

To keep a handle on all of the memories, I engrave a small serial number on each brass cane tip, and then I keep a detailed database log of each cane, customer, and situation. The list always brings me warm memories each time I scan it and remember the folks that have supported my work over the years, and vice versa.


Still Want to See more of my work?

Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:

  1. Custom Knives
  2. Custom Art-Furniture I've Built
  3. Artisan Hat Making Tools


(This text, all photos, project design, are protected by copyright 2007-2010, M.A.DeCou, all rights reserved and protected, ask permission first! Weblinks to this page are permitted)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

11 comments so far

View Karson's profile


35198 posts in 4883 days

#1 posted 08-26-2010 09:33 PM

Mark: A great looking cane. Nice construction.

-- 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]

View cathyb's profile


839 posts in 3726 days

#2 posted 08-26-2010 09:40 PM

Hey Mark,

Nice cane. I especially appreciate the fact that you make a holder for your canes. After all the effort, it would be criminal to allow the cane to be stuck in corner somewhere and allowed to slide to the floor. This is a classy looking cane. I like it!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

View Mark A. DeCou's profile

Mark A. DeCou

2009 posts in 4888 days

#3 posted 08-26-2010 10:05 PM

Always good to hear from you Karson.

Thanks Cathyb, I learned several years ago that if I put my canes in a big rack of other canes, then people treat them like they are in Walmart, and before long they have dings and scratches, and they just sort of get “tossed around”, and I have to refinish them.

Frustrated with that, I started building individual stands for each cane, and placing the stand on a white pedestal, like what you might see in an art gallery. The first show I tried that, people walked around the canes, and asked if they could look at them…...a completely different perception of the work. So, I’ve made a lot of cane stands, and use them for galleries and art shows, and for taking photos. Every once in awhile someone will buy a stand with the cane.

Over the years, I’ve had two of my walking canes shop-lifted out of a store… one case, the thief left their old battered metal cane in the stand for me. What a heart!

thanks for your comment,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6866 posts in 4462 days

#4 posted 08-26-2010 11:17 PM

Beautiful job, Mark.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

View reggiek's profile


2240 posts in 3752 days

#5 posted 08-26-2010 11:25 PM

Excellent job….Beautiful presentation with the stand. I just turned a cane the other day for a friend that is recovering from a knee replacement. I did not consider making a stand for it….but will have to refer them to you to purchase one…

I made the cane as a gift and do not want to get involved with making them in earnest….I’m not a big fan of turning dried woods…I do not think a cane would be an item I’d like to turn green and try to dry straight.

Pretty sad when folks steal from craftspeople…its bad enough from anyone…but to steal something that someone made…it’s just very crass….I hate theives of any ilk…but there should be a special hell for those kind….funny they felt obligated to leave you their old ones…probably props they used to try and fool the shopkeeper….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

View Kindlingmaker's profile


2658 posts in 4008 days

#6 posted 08-26-2010 11:36 PM

Your creation is beautiful! To me it has a simple form but knowing just a little bit about wood working, I see such skill involved with its making that only few would even attempt its making let alone doing such a fantasic performance! WOW!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

23209 posts in 3588 days

#7 posted 08-26-2010 11:54 PM

Exquisite piece of workmanship on that cane! Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View michelletwo's profile


2783 posts in 3498 days

#8 posted 08-27-2010 12:45 AM

Wonderful cane & the stand is great. .the cane is a work of art & needs a work of art stand… Stunning

View knottysticks's profile


296 posts in 3511 days

#9 posted 08-27-2010 01:44 AM

A handsone looking cane , and what a great idea using the stand to make your work unque and stand out from the crowd . Well done . – gary

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

View Jordan's profile


1400 posts in 3607 days

#10 posted 08-27-2010 02:03 AM

Love it all!!! I also think the stand makes the product totally finished and complete!


View BLUESBOY's profile


1 post in 3306 days

#11 posted 09-01-2010 10:08 PM

Just recieved this fine cane today.#201013..excellent workmanship…never thought the day would come that i would need a cane but now that i do ,i might as well have a great one..i’ve always admired folks that take pride in what they do….thanx, Buffalo Bob (blues guitarist)

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