How I made my canes.
Hmm, at least two of the photos are NOT in the order I posted them. Not a clue how or why that happened.
OK, I am still making canes, for myself, and to sell (at least will be once I can get back into the shop - long story, and I likely won't tell it). Right now, among other things, am having to redesign every cane handle I had, because the latest version, is made totally differently, yet somewhat the same. After my Gen 5 canes I started making changes in how the canes are made, and think I am now on Gen 8. I won't go into making my Gen 8 canes, but this is to show how I made my Gen 3, 4, & 5, canes.
Gen 1 canes. Started out making canes from some nice saplings that had been air drying in my shop for 10+ years. Got a lot of good comments on them, sold a few, gave a few away, lost a few by putting them on top of my vehicle while engaged in other things and drove off with them still on the roof. This went on for a while, then slipped on an icy step, landed on my sapling cane, and snapped it like a twig, and didn't even know it until I got up. That is when I went to plywood canes.
Gen 2 canes. Made a cane master I liked, traced around it, rough cut, routed out 1/2 of a cane, from 1/2" plywood. Traced around that, rough cut, glued it down, routed around it, and viola, had a nice light, and strong, cane. Made a few of those, then did some mods.
First photo. Gen 3 cane. Pretty sure I got inspiration for this from looking at Aztec and Mayan hieroglyphics, because I can't figure out where else that design would have come from. The lozenge was added because I found out some people liked to put pictures, or write, on their canes, so decided to give them some space. You can't see it, but on the lozenge it says 'test cane'. That is because I painted it (has no finish) to see how it held up, and the shaft is a bit rough, just proof of concept. The side showing has held up well. The other side I painted on the glued on paper pattern, and a lot of the paint where it is gripped has worn or flaked off. Right now I am using it daily. I am pretty sure if I had used magic markers it would have held up a whole lot better.
The next three photos are some of my Gen 3, 4, & 5, cane handle designs. They are all made the same way, just changes to the shaft/lozenge design.
The next two photos are how the Gen 3, 4, & 5, canes were made. The first is the masters laid out on a rough cut cane. The second is the first half of a cane routed out. I have said before I nail my masters, now here is proof. You can see the nail holes in the routed cane half, but that will be glued nail holes down to another rough cut piece, then routed, and viola, a cane. I drill a lot of nail pilot holes, more than really needed, but I really like the option of more nails just in case some of them start getting loose. If they do, I either add more nails, or whack them down all the way.
The next three photos are of finished Gen 3, 4, & 5, canes. The designs are fine tip magic marker, and the finish is about five coats of 50/50 or less thinned Titebond II glue. The glue finish has held up well for several years, and I will likely keep using it - no smell, dries enough to handle and apply another coat in minutes, inexpensive, and water cleanup.
For the Gen 6 canes, I made changes to how the canes are made, so instead of three masters to make a one piece cane, I came up with four masters, with the cane a total of five pieces; however, was then able to cut the number of masters to three. Gen 7 & 8, more changes to the lozenge mainly. None of these have been made, but will proceed with Gen 8.
With all of my previous cane handles I sketched each design out individually. This gave some nice designs, but was time consuming. So decided to trace the painted cane in the first photo, and use that handle shape because it is very comfortable, and will provide uniformity. Will keep the basic handle and shaft shapes, but expand from there.
The next photo is the cane tracing.
The photo after that is what I will actually base my master on.
And the photo after that one is how I will do some of my designs - trace the handle master, then trace a circle.
The next photo shows a basic blank handle design. I'll nail my master, rout around the handle and shaft, not touching the circle, for that I will close cut with my scrollsaw and then sand to final shape. That will give the first half of that particular master, and then can draw different designs on the same shape.
And a very simple design.
The next three photos are examples of some of my designs. The last one was intended to be a dog, but looks more like a rat.
The next photo is two examples of designs without using the circle part. The top one is either Groucho Marx or the devil. And the bottom not sure where that one came from.
Next photo is part way thru my buzzard series. I started the same as the other designs, but the handle is changed from the others.
And last photo is my revamp of the cane in the first photo. Below that is a two headed cane design.
Still have a load of designs I need to update, including my vampire ducks, a rabbit or two, an elephant, a lion, frog, and I don't know what all else.
I started making canes because I use one, and didn't like the store bought ones. Discovered I like to make them, so will keep a few for myself, and see if I can start selling some as a steady business. Plan on making some Wounded Warrior canes, but haven't come up with a design I really like yet. Also looking for a few designs for little kids - I know some have to use a cane for whatever reason, so figure they'd like a more fun cane than just a blah cane, just need to figure out what designs a little kid would like for a cane - think maybe one or two of my rabbets, one of the elephants, maybe one or two others - suggestions for handles for these would be welcome. All my canes will be for sale, except for the Wounded Warrior, and kids' canes.
Well, I think I explained my cane making methods so anyone here can make one.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
Last edited by JOAT; 06-09-2017 at 12:08 AM.