Twisted canes

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Project by mtnwild posted 05-16-2011 09:36 PM 2655 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still raining….......

Used up some small pieces laying around. Been wanting to make some more, just pretty canes, not carved and taking weeks to complete. Feels strange to finish so fast.

Figured maple with rosewood inserts and little ebony spacers.
That dark twisted one was marked rosewood too, but it sure is dark. It came covered in wax and I thought after removal it would lighten up under there. The other one did, it was pretty dark to start too. I,m going to get some more though, I like them both.

These will be for my angel friend to give to the people she meets.

Hope you enjoy…...................

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

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 11:10 PM

Great looking canes Jack.Sometimes its nice to cruise through a project and before you know it there done.Their still very beautiful with a nice twist.Rosewood is one of the most beautiful woods. Always makes my day to see some of your work!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 12:13 AM

Simple and stylish…and gorgeous as always. Some canes are ornate and that is fine. But some of my favorite canes, that I personally like to take for a walk, are the less gaudy ones. I wouldn’t mind taking sither of these for a walk!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 01:13 AM

Nice canes.

-- Jeff,

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 02:09 AM

another winner Jack nice work

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 03:14 AM

Great job Jack, I’ve been working on something simliar with an antler handle. Keep them coming.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 03:28 AM

-sounds like it was around here last month! -I got some hairpins stocked up!
-Those are beautiful, as usual!
-funny you should post this today; i have never made a cane (okay, i started a walking stick type one as a sweet 65 birthday gift), as i have no clue the proper balance, and was not sure of the marketability. Today, i realized a very awesome, deserving soul in need, and am determined that she must have a heart-felt, handmade cane to replace the medical service one. At the mention, she was ecstatic.
Please, if you have the time, direct me to a link or offer any tips i may need for this task. I have some pieces i have hoarded that seem very fitting. I just don’t want to fabricate something potentially unstable!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 04:32 AM

Thank you all!!

Mike, I think you are right. Nothing wrong with simplicity and beautiful wood.

Christine, I’d say look up mmh, Meilie’s canes. She has an instruction blog. I do things a bit different. The epoxy I use is different I think. My through holes for the dowels don’t have to be as precise since the epoxy needs some room. Good for me because I can never seem to get the whole thing to align perfectly with one drilling.
I use a two part marine industrial epoxy. Dries like iron, but can be ground or sanded. You squeeze all the parts together then wait for it to cure. No clamps needed, kind of taffy like. You can clamp if needed.
Hope that helps a little.

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

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 03:18 PM

Thanks!! -what about regular epoxy -that’s what i have and what i was thinking of…i figured even though wood dust-glue filler is pretty strong, it would be better. The handle piece i want to use has a nice branch-off i was hoping to use as the dowel, and the post? piece i want to use has one as well that i hope, if i can fit it well enough, will snug under the handle and support the join nicely. I’d like to make her another or two, once i figure it out, and get her ergonomic input.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#9 posted 05-17-2011 06:17 PM

Great looking cane , I like the wood combs also.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#10 posted 05-17-2011 09:14 PM

I’ve heard that epoxy does not do well under a sharp impact. So all joints, I would think, would have to be perfectly tight to be most effective over time. If you can get perfect fitting holes and dowels then I’d think most good glues would work.

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

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#11 posted 05-17-2011 10:30 PM

Those are really sharp. Great wood and I love that twist. Its been raining forever here too.

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#12 posted 05-18-2011 01:07 AM

Thanks Paul!

Thanks as always to you Lou! I think the weather might finally be changing. Starting to get over 55 degrees on a regular basis. Might get in the 60’s soon…..................

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

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#13 posted 05-21-2011 07:17 PM

very clean design and works great off the fiddleback maple. What is the name brand of your epoxy? I use West System from West Marine.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#14 posted 05-22-2011 12:16 AM

Thanks EP.

Mines called PC-7, epoxy paste. They have a variety that is supposed to work under water. I tried that and did not like it at all. That turned white when mixed. The one I use turns grey.

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

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#15 posted 05-24-2011 03:53 AM

I like the contrasting wood to add beauty and interest. Nice work, Jack.

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

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