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This time it's a Cardigan style cane with a flush fitting wrap.

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It's a pretty big step in one of the directions I want to go with my canes, but it's not quite there yet. My cut lines and stitching are ragged and there are a couple gaps where the leather meets the wood. It's not quite up to the standards of what I want to sell.

I decided to keep this one for myself and will work on improving the next one.

The cane is a natural alder shank. The butt cap and collar are burl maple and the core of the handle is straight grained maple with a dowel in it to prevent short grain breakage.

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The handle looks like winner to me :thumbsu: If U are like the majority of us you will always be most critical of your own work.

I applaud your efforts as my experience working with leather wraps on hiking sticks was too challenging. Getting a tight wrap with leather was difficult to say the least, (for me), as temperature and humidity seemed to muck things up for me. What was a tight wrap when I put it on would either shrink up and look like crap or loosen up in cooler conditions. I gave up on leather and when I do wrap a handle I have gone to using para cord. Once again nicely done, you seem to have the patience to persevere. Keep up the good work!

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Looks great, Rodney! I like the dark thread you used on this one as opposed to the lighter color last time. I wonder what some decorative brass studding would look like around the cut edges of the leather?

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Thanks guys.

Mark it's too soon to tell if I'll have a problem with it shrinking. Something to look out for. I glued it on with contact cement. I'm hoping that will limit movement. For paracord I read online you can dunk it it boiling water to tighten it up after you wrap something.

Gloops. No this one wasn't wet formed. My (limited) understanding is vegetable tanned leather is needed for that. I'm not certain that that is what I have. I think mine is probably a chrome tanned leather treated with oils. I intend to try wet forming too because getting it to conform to that shape was difficult. Wet forming might work better, plus it can be tooled if I want to.

Dana I didn't think of brass tacks. I like the brown thread too. This was 0.6 mm. Next time I'll use some 0.8mm thread. I think the larger size will look and work a little better. A band of some kind or tacks all the way around would take care of any gap issues. It might not be as comfortable though. Again, something to think about.

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