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An old man cane for an old man
Following on from my woodspirits I got enthralled with stickmaking. Well, you can't keep a good wood spirit down, and this one decided he wanted to be carved onto the face of a Cardigan-style walking stick/cane I was making. I don't know why he's so grumpy since I did just what he wanted and carved him there!

This was made with an Oak head, Lime spacer, Hazel shank/stick and a brass ferrule on the bottom. The head is joined to the shaft using the old peg-and-socket method, not the modern metal rods. To do this you drill a hole up into the head and through the spacer (if you use one) and carve the top of the shank down to a peg that fits the hole. This way its just wood in there, no metal bits that don't flex with the wood, and it's a lot more secure when done right. The handle is epoxied onto the shank and the whole lot finished with raw linseed oil.

Posted by Raven W. from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia • Published See Raven W.'s 56 projects »

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Raven W.
Raven W. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 70 projects
Happy no probs Sheila, if you have any questions about stickmaking just ask. I'm not an expert mind, but I have a few under my belt now.
Sheila Squirrel
Sheila Squirrel
He's not so much grumpy as nonchalant or slightly aloof. Thank you for explaining how you constructed the stick. I've started carving a wolf head for a cane. I'm taking it slow as it's a hard African wood. Hopefully I will get it done before the end of the year ;D
Momo · Ayr, Scotland, GB · 2 projects
This is amazing. You have a real talent there.
Raven W.
Raven W. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 70 projects
Thank you Happy
Azraels Requiem
Azraels Requiem · Bridgeport, Connecticut, US · 47 projects
That is Amazing, I'm a firm believer in feeling ur medium and knowing what it wants to b, especially organic things like wood. Beautiful work
Nancy · Los Angeles, California, US · 54 projects

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