Tuesday, January 02, 2007

new year's cane

Here are some pictures of the latest cane to emerge from the workshop. I call this one Grapevine. It's made of bent oak and maple balls with a handle of oak and pine.

I actually used this cane on Saturday when we went to the Art Museum for the afternoon. I got a lot of interested and curious looks from the people there who saw it.

I pretended not to notice them looking at my cane, but was secretly pleased by the attention. Envy was written all over the faces of those other cane toting patrons who were using their run-of-the-mill canes.

I admit I do like to show off a bit every now and then. I figure if I need to use a cane, I might as well do it in style. And this one is stylish.


Philip said...

That's beautiful! I'm very impressed. How heavy is it?

The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

It is VERY stylish and lovely and elegant as well. You are so talented!

BobCiz said...

Philip, it's quite light actually. I have several other canes that are heavier.

Thanks, Kate. I'm thinking I might need a tophat and spats to add to the elegance and really make a fashion statement.

Tisha! said...

That's a lovely cane and you must have been the envy of the evening!

Kat Campbell said...

I absolutely agree...if you have to use a cane, you might as well look magnificent while you're doing it. That cane is stunning, Bob, great work!

Wiccachicky said...

This is SO COOL!!! No wonder everyone was turning heads!

Sunflower Optimism said...

Yes, all of the above compliments - but I have to ask - HOW did you make it? Were the little balls individually carved out and then attached - or did you carve them out of the main piece? It's gorgeous.

Some days (like today) I could really use a cane. Let me know if you ever think of going into the cane business!

BobCiz said...

Thanks everyone for the nice compliments. You encourage me to continue making sawdust.

Sunflower. the cane started out as a 36" shaft of Aspen into which I carved two spirals from end to end. Then I bent the narrow pieces of Oak that make the "vines" by soaking them in hot water for about 24 hours, clamping them around a broom handle until they dried and retained their spiral shape. They were attached to the shaft by inserting into holes drilled in the shaft at top and bottom and glued around the shaft. The balls were each carved individually from Pine and Maple so that when stained they would show gradations of color. The balls were glued to the shaft and vines and to each other. The handle was made with two pieces of Pine and one piece of Oak glued together and carved to fit my hand. The entire piece was then stained with two different colors to get the depth of color and then spray varnished.

I have made a variety of canes over the past two years. If you want to see the rest of them and some of my other sculptures, click on the "my flickr" link on the sidebar of my blog and then click on the "sculpture" set in flickr.

As far as going into the cane business, I do have plans to develop an online gallery and store to make my work available to anyone interested. That's not going to happen for awhile, though. Thanks for the interest and happy woodworking.

Sunflower Optimism said...

Thanks for the info, Bob! Very cool cane assortment you have there. I like the one that you call your "favorite" - although I think the one with the chunky carved handle would be most comfortable for me.

Today I go to buy wood for a project - still not sure whether I want to go with cherry or maple. Maybe someday I'll tackle a cane! (or the cane will tackle me, LOL)

I just noticed today on your profile that you are a retired carpenter. I may be coming back for advice! LOL