Fishing Eagle Cane #2

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Project by mtnwild posted 03-21-2011 10:49 PM 4201 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wasn’t planning on working on another big project so soon, but it’s been raining a lot lately, soooooo.

Been wanting to make some Eagle canes that don’t take so long…...... This is not one of them….........but I started by making the Eagle fairly quickly. That was what I was going for initially. Then I got carried away, because I wasn’t really happy with the first fishing eagle cane. I decided to try for something closer to my idea. This ones closer. Still learning.

Think I’ll do without the fish from now on and just have the eagle go into a cane shaft. Want to make a few for some Veterans. Good friend of mine volunteers at the local VA hospital and she has some great stories and meets great characters.

Thought I could use some purple heart spacers, and maybe figure a red, white and blue design.
Any blue wood out there? Probably have to dye some holly or maple or something.

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy…..........................

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

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 11:16 PM

I do enjoy! Thanks for showing it.

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 11:21 PM


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#3 posted 03-21-2011 11:40 PM

Hi Mtnwild, Another great piece! I just came off some surfin’ on LJ’s trifern site. He’s a wood turner and he sure makes the colour happen with aniline dyes and acrylics. He has a blog 2-Dye-4 and shows his colour application.

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 12:32 AM

Thanks you guys!!

Roman, I’m familiar with Tri’s blogs and will refer to them when I get to that part, I’m sure. Thanks.

The burl used for the stand, is one of my river driftwood finds. I love to search the log jams on our local rivers for sculptured pieces. The wood really gets pounded in the winter storms and I’ve found, over the years, many cool pieces. This one is kind of a yin yang sort of piece. One side solid the other side hollow. Worked out pretty good. Have had this piece laying around for years.

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

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 01:41 AM

There you go again… another great cane. I love the stand too!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 04:55 AM

Real good looking cane! I love he way you used lighter wood for the bald eagle head and tail; thewood grains showing up on the wing – that’s genius! Nice work!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 07:08 AM

Another beauty! I like how you make the water/collar join the piece and give it a flair. It’s really become a trademark of your work and it works well.

I was recently driving up from San Francisco to Portland then Seattle via 299 and 199 and we saw some beautiful scenery there. Your eagle looks very similar to the one I spied cruising over the river parrallel to the road (299) hunting for fish. That was very cool! Those two roads are quite the challenge with the constant winding road and dips and climbs, not to mention the challenge of driving that in the dark and fog. We lucked out with the weather as this was in early February and we just missed the all of the nasty weather north of CA. I don’t usually drive much at home in MD and I put in over 1000 miles in a week.

We stopped at a place to buy some wood and I found a round weathered piece of redwood that the fellow said had washed down the river. It’s too soft for my cane needs but has some really nice grain and form to it that I had to bring it home. The countryside is truly beautiful up there, so pristine and the trees are just enormously massive. I even brought a piece of redwood that was cut from a tree that had fallen across the trail at the Lady Bird Johnson reserve so they cut up pieces and left them for the tourist. Not much character to it, but being that it was part of a Giant Redwood, I had to have a souvenir.

Do you know what species of tree is covered with the pale yellow hairy moss? This moss is stringy and fluffy with may branches alike coral, but very fine and it engulfs the trees and kills them, but they are standing in their glory of robes of moss. I brought home a piece but suspect I need the same species of wood to keep it alive.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 03-22-2011 01:16 PM

Beautiful, you are really getting a style.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 03-22-2011 02:59 PM

I love the dovetails- how they work for feathers! :) The bird curves gracefully and again, makes you want to reach out and touch it. I REALLY LOVE the cane stand! Great use of an unusual piece of wood. Super rustic yet refined. :) Now… for that penguin. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 03-22-2011 03:09 PM

Thanks Terry, very nice!

LittlePaw, nice to hear from you, love your enthusiasm and your ideas.

Meilie, sounds like you had a great trip up the coast. That sphagnum moss grows on everything along the coast, so not sure what tree you might mean.
I love the left coast! Could spend the rest of my time exploring here. So much beauty and wild things. Those Redwoods and big old growth trees are really something to experience.
Thanks for the nice comment.

mafe, always good to hear from you and always enjoy your posts, even if I don’t always comment. Thanks…......

Hi Kelly, thanks! Your killing me with that Penguin idea. I don’t paint my projects, so a black and white Penguin sounds kind of tough. Will keep it in mind though…....;}............

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

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#11 posted 03-22-2011 03:28 PM

Gorgeous cane, MMH just made me a cane and it is gorgeous too. Yours definately has a lot of class, well made eagle and I like the splash with the fish. Kudos.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 03-22-2011 07:01 PM

Thanks Mike!

Saw your cane, that is very cool. What a treat and joy to use, I’m sure.

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

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#13 posted 03-22-2011 10:06 PM

Absolutely love it, some great contrasts in timber too.

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 10:12 PM

Far out that is incredible. Well done. Great design and great execution.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#15 posted 03-22-2011 11:23 PM

Another beauty Jack.

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