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I just finished these ones. They're not what I've been doing much of lately so they're a nice change of pace.

The first one's handle is from a Western Red Maple branch I found that had a sharp 90* bend in it. Kind of unusual for the maple here. The collar is a piece from a shed elk antler that I've had kicking around for years. The shank is mystery wood. I've made a few canes from this species but still don't know what it is.

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I haven't been doing too many natural branch handles lately and it's my first antler collar so it was a good change of pace.

This one has a handle made from a natural fork in an Oregon White Oak branch, It's some of the whitest white oak I've worked with. I'm guessing the branch was about 30 years old and it's still almost all sapwood. This is a pretty slender cane and handle by my standards. The butt end of the handle is under 2" tall. The shank is Alder.

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You can see a little bit of brown at the outer layer of wood on top of the handle. There's a tiny bit at the bottom too. Not a fast growing tree at all.

Thanks for looking,

Rodney
 

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Have you seen the mystery wood with foliage? Can you show a photo?
I need to go back where I got it and pick a branch with leaves. I should be able to get it ID-ed at the local extension office. I just haven't made the effort to do it yet.

Thanks guys. I do enjoy working with natural crooks. I think you can get some interesting grain patterns that way and you do end up with a strong handle with no short grain to worry about.

Rodney
 
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