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I got a request for pictures of my canes. Couldn't find any recent ones, but did some of my earlier canes. This isn't all of them, but some I never got pictures of were sold, given away, or lost. This seemed like the best place to post them, so here they are. They are not in build order.

I believe the regular looking cane might have been the first. Oak flooring, planed down, and laminated together. Put it on my car roof, put stuff in the car, and forgot it and drove off, never saw it again. The sapling canes were second, people loved them. Stopped making those when I slipped on an icy step, fell on my cane, and snapped the durn thing like a twig. That's when I went to plywood canes.

Once I started making plywood canes, decided to make them different, with custom handles. Get my ideas from all over the place, some inspiration, some just doodling. Still coming up with designs. Learned not to paint a glued down pattern, the paint does not last very well. But magic markers work great. Finish is mostly thinned Titebond II, or nothing. The yardstick canes are fun, love going into Lowes with a Lowes cane and having the cashier scan it. The Home Depot canes are the only reason I go to Home Depot, just to buy yardsticks.

The plywood canes here are all Gen 1 and 2, possibly 3. Right now I am at Gen 7, 8, or 9, can't really recall which, lost track. But probably 8.

Hah. I even found an old, old, photo of the inside of my shop. The lathe has long since been sold.
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Those are just too fun. I'm not sure, but I think the yard stick ones are my favorite, but that may just be the sawdust maker in me talking.

Attaching the top on those must have been a challenge.

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my favourite would be;all of 'em
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I'm with Kelly on that! Those are really cool! I've made a few using simply pieces of tree limb along with the slender part of the tree (trunk) that it was attached to - it I'm able to get the correct angle. But Yours are considerably nicer!

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Thanks Theo I always enjoy looking at your canes.

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Some of those are really fun, the kinds of things that make it easier for grandkids to enjoy hanging out with grandpa.

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i love the yard stick canes i started making a few years ago but they are a bit short for taller people such as myself.
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Thanks guys. And the yardstick cane handles are really easy, all you need is some good glue, and magic.

The next one are going to be better (at least I think so) and more variety. Last night I started a dragon head to top a staff. Somehow I have a wolf head instead.

All of the cane sites clam that a man 6' should use a 36" cane. I say that is horsehocky. I am 5'7" and my canes are going to be 40", whih should be about right for me - been rasing the height all along, and still not quite where I like it. If someone wants one a bit longer, I'm am prepared to do that, but at a slight cost because lengthening one over 40" wlll take away some wood I could otherwise use. The yardstick canes I'm going to leave as is, I could stretch the bottom a bit, but think that would look sorta funny. I did get ahold of some 1 meter sticks, that are just shy of 40", metric one side, imperial on the other, neat. I figure one on each side.

Once the handles are routed I can sketch the figure with mathic marer, on most of them. My two elephant, lion, grumpy fish, and grumpy turtle designs are too complex to draw them out in less than probably two hours, minmum. So, think I ill have to make stencils for them to speed things up, and make them consistent. I would prefer rubber or silicone stamps, but don't think I can get the detail I want with stamps. Make my own, of course. The only canes that will be colored will be some of what I decide to keep for myself. If anyone elsw wants a colored cane will either have to do it themselves, or get charged a whole bunch to have it done by me. The plain handle, on the Jeep hood, with fast food behind it, is one I will redo for myself, no design. However, will also make at least one more, and put some sort of bird design on. I know the handle looks a bit strange, but it is really comfortable. Which is why all my handles have a little bump, it make the handle more comfortable. They also have a hook on the end, to hang it up, hook things off the top shelf, or at the back of the shelf. I didn't want to bend the end of my duck bills, and so was born the vampire duck canes. LMAO

I love woodworking. Oh yeah, this time I will try to get a decent picture of each design I make.

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Kevin..

48" yardsticks are out there....... try ebay, or google em

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Nicely done Theo!!

I can see why you enjoy making them so much

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