Footed Canes

Footed Canes

After visiting many medical/surgical supply houses for my relative, I developed my idea of "footed" canes for the directionally challenged! They are carved from aromatic cedar and feature pointing fingers, a compass in the knuckles and male & female feet. This project earned me a place in the holiday 2011 Woodcarving Illustrated magazine in their 2011 Best Carving Design Contest and won a People's Choice award.

Footed Canes

Footed Canes

This particular pair of feet represent one male and one female version. You guess which is which!

Footed Canes

Footed Canes

Pointing fingers with a compass in the knuckle for the directionally challenged.

Kokopeli Cane

Kokopeli Cane

This Chinese Tallow cane is intricately carved and woodburned. Each Kokopeli figures have been inlaid with tourquois, lapis,coral and other crushed mixed stones. The latticework is highly designed and took many hours to carve. This cane won competitions at the Texas Woodcarvers Guild shows.

Kokopeli Cane

Kokopeli Cane

Backside of the Chinese Tallow Kokopeli walking cane.

Oak Leaves & Acorns Cane

Oak Leaves & Acorns Cane

Everyone, male and female love the oak leaves and acorns designs. Over the years, each of my canes carved in this style and entered for judging has won competitions in the Texas Woodcarvers Guild shows.

Oak Leaves & Acorns Cane

Oak Leaves & Acorns Cane

Deeply carved Chinese Tallow cane featuring Oak Leaves & Acorns. This is finished with Golden Oak stain and it a favorite for male and female.

Oak Leaves & Acorns Cane

Oak Leaves & Acorns Cane

Daisy Cane

Daisy Cane

Chinese Tallow cane with daises. Cherry stain gives it the red coloration.

Daisy Cane

Daisy Cane

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

This staff won in the Texas Woodcarvers Guild competition shows.

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

This Aspen staff was carved for my husband and is 6 ft. tall. It features a removable Woodsman headpiece carved from a very hard Cherry Burl and inlaid with turquoise. When the headpiece is removed, it exposes a camera mount and turns the staff into a monopod for photography. The Aspen staff is intricately carved with latticework, pine tree features and a rattlesnake on the bottom.

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Pine Tree Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

This Aspen walking staff is my own. The headpiece unscrews and turns the staff into a camera monopod, using a rubber or spike footed tip. Intricately carved with butterflies and dragonflies, many different techniques were applied to finish each feature.

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Butterfly features the application of iridescent powdered micas & foils.

Aspen Butterfly Staff

Aspen Butterfly Staff

This staff is approximately 5 ft. tall.

Snakes in Diamond Willow

Snakes in Diamond Willow

Snakes n Diamond Willow

Snakes n Diamond Willow

Snakes in Diamond Willow

Snakes in Diamond Willow

This Diamond Willow walking stick is approx. 4.5 ft. tall. All from the one piece of willow, the two snakes (Mexican Milk Snake & New Mexican Milk Snake) are carved in and out of the stick using the "diamonds" of the willow.

Pinecone w/ Spirals Cane

Pinecone w/ Spirals Cane

This Hackberry cane is intricately carved with a pinecone or pineapple pattern and features spirals of turquoise and bone beads. This cane has won awards at the Texas Woodcarvers Guild shows.

Amer. Indian w/Eagle Cane

Amer. Indian w/Eagle Cane

The Eagle Head cane is carved from Chinese Tallow with a basswood headpiece. The body is carved and inlaid with American Indian designs.

3 Canes - Examples

3 Canes - Examples

Showing pinecone or pineapple pattern, rounded strapping and flattened strapping techniques for latticework.

Desert Rose Cane

Desert Rose Cane

This Chinese Tallow cane is deep relief carved with Desert Rose and vines. The pattern is similar to many found on leather belts.

Dogwood and Cardinal Cane

Dogwood and Cardinal Cane

This custom Chinese Tallow cane was created with favorite tree--Dogwood-- and favorite bird--Cardinal.

Chinese Tallow Cane

Chinese Tallow Cane

Example of latticework strapping with stitches.

Vines on Hackberry Cane

Vines on Hackberry Cane

Cane w/ multi inlays

Cane w/ multi inlays

This Hackberry walking cane has multiple carving and inlay techniques, including powdered metals, crushed and powdered stones, abalone shell, etc.

Vines on Hackberry Cane

Vines on Hackberry Cane

This cane was carved from Hackberry and features latticework strapping, pine cone pattern and delicate vines, leaves and flowers.

Vines on Hackberry Cane

Vines on Hackberry Cane

Cane w/ Lg.Tree

Cane w/ Lg.Tree

Walking cane from Hackberry and features a large tree trunk with falling leaves. Headpiece has an inlaid silver dollar.

Pansey and Daffodil Cane

Pansey and Daffodil Cane

Images showing both sides.

Pansey & Daffodil Cane

Pansey & Daffodil Cane

This Chinese Tallow cane is carved with purple Pansies on one side and yellow Daffodils on the other.

Pansey & Daffodil Cane

Pansey & Daffodil Cane

Custom Birds Cane

Custom Birds Cane

This Chinese Tallow cane was a custom project and features Cardinals and Hummingbird. It has also been modified with a more ergonomic handle and stabilizing foot.

Custom Birds Cane

Custom Birds Cane

Custom Birds Cane

Custom Birds Cane

Custom Birds Cane

Custom Birds Cane

Ergonomic Cane Handle

Ergonomic Cane Handle

This shows an example of a cane with an ergonomic handle (right or left handed) and including an interchangeable standard handle.

Lightning Bolt Cane

Lightning Bolt Cane

A Lichtenberg Woodburner delivering 15,000 volts of electricity was used to burn the channels in this Chinese Tallow cane. The channels were then filled with a clear resin impregnated with phosphorescent powder so that it glows in the dark.

Woodsman Staff

Woodsman Staff

Basswood headpiece and Zebra wood staff with large cane hiking tip.

Iguana on Cedar Cane

Iguana on Cedar Cane

This Iguana in Cedar Cane features inlaid turquoise & mixed crushed stones for the features. Unlike Hackberry & Chinese Tallow, Cedar is very soft and does not hold outward relief carvings well, but does lend itself to inlays.

A Fish Story Cane

A Fish Story Cane

This Chinese Tallow cane was created for my brother.

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