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I love creating art and functional art is a challenge that I am enjoying by creating one-of-a-kind canes and walking sticks, as these can be stylish along with functional and also comfortable to use. Each cane is a challenge to my artistic and technical abilities. I hope to make cane use a fashion statement as it once was.

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  • mmh commented on mmh's instructable How to Make a Custom Fancy Walking Cane3 months ago
    How to Make a Custom Fancy Walking Cane

    FYI: The purpose of this instructable was to create a cane from scratch, not to purchase a pre-made dowel from a store with limited wood species. My intention is to help make a cane that is a handmade functional art object, not one from the hardware store. The dowels are not just aesthetic but have a joinery purpose. You can use epoxy, but I have found that it can weaken with constant wear and heavy weight issues. The dowels will help the joinery area to be more stable than epoxy and if you can also use the epoxy if you wish. I have found some woods, even aged, but not kiln dried have some shrinkage in areas that have less humidity than others. I agree with you on the oil poly vs. water based products. There are other less toxic options available these days and they can work well...

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    FYI: The purpose of this instructable was to create a cane from scratch, not to purchase a pre-made dowel from a store with limited wood species. My intention is to help make a cane that is a handmade functional art object, not one from the hardware store. The dowels are not just aesthetic but have a joinery purpose. You can use epoxy, but I have found that it can weaken with constant wear and heavy weight issues. The dowels will help the joinery area to be more stable than epoxy and if you can also use the epoxy if you wish. I have found some woods, even aged, but not kiln dried have some shrinkage in areas that have less humidity than others. I agree with you on the oil poly vs. water based products. There are other less toxic options available these days and they can work well. There are also other hand rubbed oil products that can be used for a less plastic look. These are also easier to remove with refinishing a used/scratched surface. As always, use chemicals in a well-ventilated area. Peace & Good Health.

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