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Walking Cane Handle

20140705-164459-60299857.jpgShaping the handle of the walking cane was fun. I penciled a rough outline onto the sides and began removing wood.

Several tools used in shaping the handle: saw, 3/4″ chisel, spokeshave, rasp and file.

Where the fingers grab the handle I used a saw and chisel to remove the bulk of the wood. No photographs of this process, but here is a link to previous post (saw vise curves). For those of you who like using a coping saw that would work just as well.

The remainder of the shaping was a process of removing wood until the shape began to appear and smoothing until it is comfortable in my hand.

20140705-164500-60300800.jpg I had to be cautious around the mortise to ensure a tight fit when the handle is attached. The shape will be refined more when The handle and cane are attached.



  1. Jeffrey L. Brann
    July 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Looking really good Rich. You are making me want to make one as well. I have shaped a couple of walking staffs this year along the same lines without joinery but really fun and useful. My mother wants a cane though…..

  2. July 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I think it would make a wonderful gift

  3. July 21, 2014 at 6:07 am

    This is a sweet little project. Please excuse my ignorance, but is this more for someone that’s disabled or a walking staff for hiking? Maybe it just doesn’t matter but I’m curious of the intent of this cane.


  4. July 21, 2014 at 7:02 am

    This cane is intended for someone that is having trouble getting around and needs a little extra support. I suppose it would work for other things also. Paul Sellers has a staff that would probably work on trails for hiking. The handle is attached through the side with a Mortise and Tenon 18″ or so from the the top. It’s possible you can see it on his web site.

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