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Project by mtnwild posted 05-03-2011 10:14 PM 5056 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wasn’t going to build anything for a while but it won’t stop raining. Imagine that, here in the Northwest!

Still have firewood to heat the shop, this late in the year. Love this Mahogany. Had a piece of nice figured Maple left over too, so I’ve been wanting to try different shapes, so here’s another one.

The Mahogany is kind of soft, but beautiful. So I sanded down to 220, twice. I wet between sanding to raise the grain. Then, I applied the boiled linseed oil, so that it would sink in good, then, I burnished it. I use a smooth antler and just rub the heck out of it. Like they do to baseball bats, to make them harder.

This is my lightest cane yet. Very comfortable and looks great.

Just will slip this into my projects. Hope you enjoy….......................

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

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 12:22 AM

Very nice. It almost looks like it’s stalking something, ready to pounce.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 01:23 AM

Beautiful Cane! It would make one heck of a weapon.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 01:52 AM

you are a very gifted craftsman

thanks for sharing

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 05-04-2011 03:30 AM

Beautifully done; I like the stylized falcon.

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

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 04:12 AM

nice piece, something an egyptian king would carry. The wood grain is exceptional. I get excited when I plane a piece of wood and discover a beautiful grain such as that.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 05:29 AM

This one is a beauty! I love it. Thanks for sharing and the tips on finishing your project. Looking for more!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 05:56 AM

Your finishing techniques are quite impressive. The TLC you put into your work really shows.

-- "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 05-04-2011 10:52 AM

He looks so intense! He is ready to swoop down and scoop up some vittles! Lovely as always mtn! Glad you still have some firewood. Can you believe we are still burning wood, trying to keep warm and dry this time of year? I am also sick and tired of cold and wet – ready for summer.

-- 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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#9 posted 05-04-2011 02:25 PM

Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment!

Love the wood! Grain patterns and colors are so fun to discover. Always a surprise.

Spring is finally here it looks like. Temp., finally getting over 50 degrees. Still snowing in the passes. More snow this year than usual.

Still voting on your canes for the vet’s. Hoping the best for you and your husband, Meilie.

Thanks again, Jack…...............

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

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#10 posted 05-04-2011 09:15 PM

The wood you used in this piece is just stunning! This reminds me of the old Bogie movie “The Maltese Falcon” You did a great job.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 05-05-2011 07:50 AM

Another favorite! Your style is so cool, the soft blending real character of those faces makes me think you love animals too. Thanks for showing.

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#12 posted 05-06-2011 01:42 AM

Another great piece Jack. I love those falcons.

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#13 posted 05-06-2011 06:51 AM

I got to build one more fire recently!! -rain and flooding won’t stop here either…

-It’s a really good thing that piece did not make its way into the fire!!! It needed you to exhume it! that is incredible! -it seems like you just finished the guardian! can i send you some things to sand? -i think you have all the patience i lack!
...just beautiful!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#14 posted 05-06-2011 09:13 AM

Awesome shape! Looks like it is in a stoop, or dive. Mahogany has to be the finest wood in th world to work. I luv it.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#15 posted 05-06-2011 09:01 PM

Thanks Sheila!

Thanks Scott! Most my inspiration comes from nature. It so natural…........

Thanks Lou, you help a lot…...............

Christine, you must do a lot of sanding yourself. You really have me pegged for time spent.

Greg, I’ve just come upon this mahogany and you are right, it’s pretty good to work with. Never used it before. The mahogany I’ve ever come upon is darker. I got that from old shipping crates. This gold stuff is awesome.

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

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