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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:34 pm 
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Although in this case, “The Man” is me.

A few years back, I managed to tear the cartilage in my left knee, while at the same time dislocating my knee cap. While I only suffered two of the three symptoms of a classic “blown knee”, surgery was required and long story short, my dancing days are over.

On days when it is difficult to walk, I’ve been using a drug store cane as a mobility aid. As you might guess, the drug store cane is pretty ugly, so I decided to make myself something more suitable for a gentleman wood worker.

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I selected a piece of straight grain bubinga that was left over from Kris’ rocking chair. I trimmed it out with some silver rings, a piece of water buffalo horn, and a piece of the holly, for which I sacrificed the extensor tendon of my right thumb. But that’s another story.

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A few hours on the lathe, some trial and error to get the length correct, and the finished product is ready for an afternoon stroll.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:24 pm 
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Very nice there Tom, looks really "classy."

Recently I have made several different patterns for a neighbor who is into hockey, but has some nerve damage in his hand and arm. 3 variations so far, all similar with different angles..........the handle on you cane reminds me of one I made out of ash.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:35 pm 
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Very snazzy...
Do you wear your top hat, three piece suit, and spats when you go out for a stroll.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:45 pm 
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Hey Monte,

I have never worn a top hat, but I have worn spats (part of a marching band uniform) and a three piece suit, although not together at the same time. I'll probably keep the drug store cane, (I've just finished priming it for a paint job) but it's nice to clean up a bit for evenings out. :wink:

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Tom,
That really looks nice!
I'm afraid when I finally need a cane that it will have to have a sword blade hidden inside. :shock:
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:25 am 
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Hey Zulu,

It's funny that you should mention that; when I showed to to someone yesterday, they started pulling on the knob. It took me a while to realize that they were hoping to find a sword.

As a practical mobility aid, sword canes usually fall short because you can't take them into weapons free zones. If you get use to walking with a particular stick, you don't wan't to have to worry about the need to change up all the time.

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I first read it as gentleman wood 'walker'.

Nice lathe work, Tom!

Did you buy the hardware?

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Hey Dennis,
Yeah, I bought it from “The Walking Cane Company”, in Spokane.

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That's just about as fine a cane as I've seen....and an heirloom from a fine craftsman to boot!
You're always an inspiration, Tom!

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