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I decided making a matched set for a couple would be fun.

Plant Wood Grass Natural material Grass family Wood Plant Grass Grass family Shrub

I figure the Fritz style is most likely for the man and the smaller Derby would be for the lady.

I couldn't quite bring myself to try making two identical canes. This is about as close as it gets for me.

I used the same materials for both. The handles are both cut from the same piece of Flowering Plum. The spacers are the same thickness on both. They're holly and madrone burl, and the shanks are both western red maple. There's a chance they were cut from the same stump but I can't say for certain. Both are very similar in color and in growth pattern.

I don't know if they will sell as a set or not. I figure at worst I can sell them separately. Either way they were fun to make and it will be interesting to see the response.

Rodney
 

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Nice looking pair of canes Rodney. It will be interesting to see if you are able to make the sale for a couple.
 

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Good looking work. Might want to take them by a retirement community if selling them as a pair is the goal. ;)
 

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Very nice Rodney. I love the grain in the hers version. Make a great anniversary gift for an elderly couple.
 

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Thanks guys. Worst case is I end up splitting them up so I'm not out anything by trying and I might learn something, I don't see anyone else offering sets. It could be there's a good reason for it like no market for them.

Thanks Cobalt. I'm pretty far from perfect but do my best with every one I make. I keep my first cane around so I can see how far I've come. The biggest thing for me is having a clear idea of what I want the finished shape to be. The templates I made have helped a lot. I can tell immediately if a shape is going to fit a piece of wood or not and they give me a clear cutting guide for roughing out my blanks. Even so, I still end up making interesting shaped firewood sometimes.

The finish is all about sanding. I spend more time sanding than I do actually shaping the handles.

The derby handle is relatively new for me. I've got a couple more nearly ready at the moment. I decided I needed to offer a smaller cane than my other styles. That and I like variety. It keeps me from getting bored.

Rodney
 
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