Quilted Maple, Spalted Maple Skull Cane

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Project by Roger posted 03-10-2018 01:27 PM 2100 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had carved a skull out of Spalted Maple that was sitting on the shelf waiting to be part of a project when I started working this Maple I thought it would be a good fit. The Maple had nice quilting I had purchased it over 10 years ago and got a good deal because the figure didn’t go across the board completely but for a cane it would work. The best figure I didn’t want to lose by cutting it into a traditional width cane. So I kept it wide and thought of a design that could work with kind of a tuxedo with collar and the skull that was sitting around.
Now that it was going to be paired with a skull I figured that I couldn’t go wrong with a deep red dye to enhance the quilted figure. I started by mixing up a red and then adding some black to it which turned out like a dark purple when applied, I had planned on sanding most of this away leaving area where the wood fibers absorbed more retaining some. Then mixed up some red and applied it, and started the finishing.
After applying some coats of lacquer and sanding it flat I wasn’t happy with the color, I sanded a little bit more mixed a deeper red applied it and then two coats of lacquer a day until I had 10 coats. I still need to rub it out but it needs to cure for a couple of weeks however the last coat flowed on pretty good so I photographed it. Hopefully I won’t mess up the final stage of rubbing it out but here it is now in case I do.

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#1 posted 03-10-2018 02:51 PM

That’s a work of ART! Great Job, Thanks for sharing.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#2 posted 03-10-2018 04:09 PM

Correct it is a beautiful work of art!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 03-10-2018 05:01 PM

That looks incredible!

-- Elroy

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#4 posted 03-10-2018 10:04 PM

This is an outstanding cane an you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-11-2018 02:06 AM

Super, you relay did a good number on this one, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 03:20 AM

Beautiful piece of work

-- Matt R

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#7 posted 03-11-2018 04:16 AM

Really nice work. I like how it does look like a popped up collar. You captured that look nicely.

-- ~Daniel

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#9 posted 03-11-2018 12:03 PM

Super job, this is gorgeous, I’m far from this but it’s worth trying. thank you for sharing.

-- andrek

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#10 posted 03-11-2018 01:15 PM

Devilish nice. Great job.


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#11 posted 03-11-2018 01:39 PM


-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#12 posted 03-11-2018 01:40 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliments.

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#13 posted 05-21-2018 05:10 PM

This is one of my favorite pieces so far, it’s simply beautiful.

-- John D, OP, KS

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