30 July 2016 at 4:44 pm #138947
Inspired by Pauls hiking cane that he showed in the video, I made this design.
The vertical grip is used for walking.
The handle below the grip is not intended to be used as a regular cane. It’s a bit too high for that. I added it to grip around it from behind to drag myself up while climbing. It is also nice to lean against while resting.
The hook at the top serves two functions. First as the left hand grip when using the cane two handed, for instance when crossing a stream or very rough terrain. Also it can be used as a hook to fetch ropes or high branches.
It is made of ash. I will add a metal spike it the bottom, and make it water tight some how. So far I have only given it a single coat of shellac.30 July 2016 at 10:16 pm #138959David BParticipant
Nice–the tenons on that really look cool. Funky top too!4 August 2016 at 7:36 am #139077
It is finished.
I cut it down to length, shaved of some more material on the lower part and attached a spike end. Then I sanded it once more and coated it with a poly finish with som light stain in it. Some wax and buffing, and it is ready.
The stain revealed some tool marks from my file a couple of places, but that’s ok for this kind of cane. Feels good to hold. It has a nice balance to it due to the bulb/hook at the top.
Kjell4 August 2016 at 7:30 pm #139115David BParticipant
I’ve been paying attention to the handle in the middle–how did you do the joinery at the top–now that I look closer I can see that it is 2 pieces of wood (or at least I assume so b/c the grain looks like it changed direction)?4 August 2016 at 8:04 pm #139116
Well, the middle one is just like Paul did on the second cane he showed. The reason I did the split was that I wanted through tenons for strength (leaning on the handle), but I wanted to keep more wood in the stick to prevent it from breaking at the handle.
The top handle is just a plain mortice/tenon. The tenon in the small piece. It’s 15mm deep and it has a shoulder all around. Since my joinery is less than stellar, it’s easy to see the joint line.
Why did I do that at the top. Partly to save wood, but mostly to have horisontal grain sticking out. The theory is that it is less likely to break under load. If I did it in one piece it could easily split in the hook if I hook it onto something and pull myself up.5 August 2016 at 8:26 pm #139153Matt McGraneParticipant
Good stuff, Kjell. I’ll bet it was a challenge to shape both handles, but the upper one especially.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/5 August 2016 at 11:55 pm #139159
it wasn’t too bad. I started out with a coping saw and chisel, and then I finished of with a rasp. The upper one after glue up. I have a Logier rasp which is wonderful. It took a while, but wasn’t really difficult. After all, it was eyeballing it all along, looking for a shape I liked.
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