Fancy Walking Canes
by Cane Carver, Don Hartt
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When I retired from the plumbing trade, our local college offered a wood carving class, and my wife talked me into attending.  After a few lessons I decided I liked it, so I carved this and that, mostly caricatures.  Then one day a friend of mine that carved canes talked me into carving a cane, and so I did and it turned out pretty good.  I then joined the Texas Woodcarvers Guild (TWG) in 1998 and shortly after hurt my knee, so I started using the cane I had carved.  One day the director saw it and said I should teach a class.  After a lot of persuading I agreed to try it.  In the fall of 1998 I started teaching at TWG and have advanced my teaching to Glen Rose, Texas: Rally on the the Rio, Harligen, Texas; Creede Woodcarvers Rendezvous, Creede, Colorado; and Coastal Bend Woodcarving Show, Aransas Pass, Texas.  I am available to teach classes in other areas if someone is interested.

The strip of pictures above shows the stages a cane blank goes through during the carving process starting with the cane with patteren drawn on, the carving process, then the finishing process.  My cane blanks evolve from a Chinese Tallow tree (pictured to the left) which grows plentiful along the gulf coast.  The wood is very stable/durable with tight grains and carves well.  I locate a straight tree with no knots 6 to 10 inches in diameter and 42 inches long (approx. 1 in 10,000 trees I see).  I cut it down with a chain saw, haul it back to my shop and cut it into a 2 x 4 board.  Then I turn it on a lathe to size, and then start sanding and shaping by hand.  I use a #2 pencil to draw the pattern on and once that is done I Spray with a clear sealer to set the pattern.  This process takes anywhere from 5 to 10 hours for each cane.  Every cane blank I sell goes through this process.  So when you receive a cane blank you purchased frm me, 5 to 10 hours has been spent preparing it for you to carve.  Join one of my cane classes to learn to carve your very own cane!

Our great grand-daughter
Hannah, loves Don's Canes!

Lily and I

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