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Here's a cane I'm currently working on with a two piece shank-three if you count the collar.

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The bottom half and collar are mahogany I salvaged from an old window sill, the top is spalted western red maple from the same piece of wood as the handle. The section the shank is made from is one of the prettiest pieces from that block of wood. The sections are held together with epoxy and 3/8" diameter all thread.

Here it is as it sits waiting for the handle to be glued on. I have it and my epoxy in the house warming up. Cold epoxy is no fun to work with.

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If you plan from the beginning you can get some nice effects with contrasting woods. I think getting a nice transition using natural sticks would be much trickier.

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your right about cold epoxy always better to wam it up a bit before mixing it.Thats a nice angle jiont on the shank .Think the handle looks to thick for my grip .Its going to look good when you put your finish on.
 

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Should look great when finish applied to bring out the richness of the colours and grain that look to be in there.
 

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That is going to be beautiful! There is a thin dark line between the contrasting woods. Is that veneer or the adhesive? It looks nice.
 

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That's the epoxy. The one problem with using it. A good hardwood dowel about 5/8" diameter and wood glue could be used instead for a less noticeable joint. In this case I don't think the glue line detracts from the appearance, I like the little bit of separation.

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The final shaping and sanding is done.

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It looks good but I can feel a slight dip at the collar. I'm leaving it as it is. It's one of those things where I could do more harm than good trying to fix it.

All that's left is the finish.

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the grain will lift out wheb you treat it should look good ,the sanding is out the way and should pay dividens well done
 

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Most of what I'm making right now is for sale. I'm hoping to make enough from them to pay for supplies and a little beer money anyway. Near as I can tell it's not a great get rich quick scheme.

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A really nice looking stick Rodney, that should easily sell. ps the rule is Beer money then tooling and in reverse when working :)
 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Gloops you're absolutely right. I listed and sold it yesterday. My second internet sale. I'm pretty excited.

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