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I've mentioned that I've decided to start selling some canes. That means I need to have something to sell so I'm starting to build up my inventory.

Here's a quick shot of a couple I've been working on the last few days.

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They just got their first coat of Tung oil.

The shorter one on the left is Oregon White Oak. A very beefy stick with a unique natural crook for a handle. The only problem is it was on the short side. I ended up grafting about an 8" section on the bottom. Not my favorite way of doing things but the stick was too good to not use it. I like the cane even with the joint. It really won't hurt my feelings if it doesn't sell and I end up keeping it.

The taller one is a Willow shank with a Japanese Maple handle. Someone left a box of their trimmings in the free wood box at our local hardware store. I've been hanging on to them for a couple years now. Looks like I finally found a good use for at least one piece anyway.

Right now my plan is to make more canes similar to the willow one. I don't see a lot of people making anything similar here in the States. Maybe there's a good reason for it but I'm hoping people will like them.

One issue I have is I don't have very many cured shanks. I didn't collect many last year because I didn't plan to sell any then. I think I have enough for a good trial run though. I'll be getting a lot more this winter.

I'm leaving the canes long until they sell. I'll cut them to length and fit the bottoms on then.

Sorry for the bad picture. I couldn't take them outside because the finish is still wet and it's raining out. I'm also going to have to get better at taking good pictures.

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you can never have enough shanks. Trouble is you never think it would grab your interest till you start doing them

then you find the stickmaking takes odd turns as I have incorporated wildlife interest into the hobby

but however it takes you have fun
 

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I'm aiming for around 50 shanks this year. More if I can get them. I'm also trying to be more selective about what I take home.

I'll be selling on Etsy. I'm hoping to sell one every 3 weeks or so. From what I've seen that's a fairly typical number for sales. Not a lot of money maybe, but it's still more than I'm making now. It will at least buy sandpaper, glue and varnish so I can keep making more.

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Nice couple! I hear ya about the pictures, I can't seem to take a good one to save my life! Although yours look a heck of a lot better than mine!
 
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