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This will be my next project. I will do it as one piece I have not decided whether to use walnut or mahogany. I am leaning toward the walnut because it grain pattern. The shank will be padauk. It has a rich reddish color when finished.

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Keith Pickering phot and advice on stick making on a face book site

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Keith Pickering Whichever way the grain runs is the strongest - so beaks, pricked ears or fish tails always follow the grain, you can see that from my pictures above. For crook-types the grain should run diagonally downward into the neck where it joins the shaft, see new picture.

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Nice project to start, the style -Cardigan stick with carving is one of the ones I keep thinking about doing but never get round to, maybe your project will give me a push. looking forward to it's progress.
 

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Had some time to start on the topper today. I had a 2" X 5"x'8" block of Brazilian walnut left over from another project. Using a spray adhesive on the back of my pattern I mounted it onto the block of walnut. Then cut out the head that will be the front of the cane with the band saw. I then mounted a pattern of the front of the head on the to give me a prospective of how much to bring in the sides of the head. It is just general and I will have to be careful not to bring it in to much. this is a hard walnut and it will take some time to carve it. I will be using both power and palm tools. I will leave the rest of the handle uncut until I have the horses head roughed in it will be easier to clamp in place while I am carving. As always I am open to any suggestions, questions. or comments.

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That should be a very classic and classy cane when you're done.

How brittle is that wood? The ears have a pretty severe short grain situation. You might consider reinforcing them somehow before something happens.

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Good looking project. I love the fact that you are doing the handle as a one-piece carving.
Yes alador. It is going to be one piece carving. I well not cutout the handle section until I have completed shaping of the horse head. It will allow me to clamp it in place while doing the carving.
 

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You might consider reinforcing them somehow before something happens.
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Walnut is a pretty strong wood but I will most likely harden he ears with supper glue. But it will be a week point that will have to be watched when in use.
 

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I don't know that Brazilian walnut has anything to do with English or black walnut. I think it's just a name the wood is marketed under and probably isn't in the walnut family at all. I have some very similar looking wood that I bought about 20 years ago under the name of raintree wood. That wood is pretty but brittle and prone to chipping. Your wood may not be that either.

Maybe test an offcut and see how it behaves?

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Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae

(unranked): Angiosperms

(unranked): Magnoliids

Order: Laurales

Family: Lauraceae

Genus: Ocotea

Species: O. porosa

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Ocotea porosa is a species of plant in the Lauraceae family, often placed in the related genus Phoebe. It is commonly called Imbuia or Brazilian walnut[2] because its wood resembles that of some walnuts (to which it is not related). The tree is a major commercial timber species in Brazil, used for high-end furniture, mostly as decorative veneers, and as flooring.[3] The wood is fragrant[4] with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon (also a member of the Lauraceae). The tree is also a popular horticultural tree in subtropical regions of the world. In its native habitat it is a threatened species.
Portuguese common names (with variant spellings) include embuia, embúia, embuya, imbuia, imbúia, imbuya, canela-imbuia.
 

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I have done a number of projects with this wood and have been very happy with the out come. In carving with, against and cross the grain I can tell you it is a hardwood and that I have not seen any notable chipping out as it was worked. These type of protrusions on any carvings are a potential problem if they take hard hit.. The ears are with the grain and will be less likely to brake off than if they were a cross grain protrusion.
 

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Got started today. Put in the all thread and began the shaping of the head. I did not have much time just got things going.

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looking good

I also have to trim some wood down to the right thickness its a tedious job

are you going to put a different wood for a end cap on handle end?
I think so cobalt. I am planing a Padauk wood shank. I have some scrap padauk lumber from a box prodject. I think I will use as a cap on the back. Not sure about a collar yet.
 

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I started shaping the horse today. I using a scrap piece of plywood. I drilled a hole for the all thread in the neck of the handle and secured the other end with a wood screw. I mounted the plywood on my ball carving vise. This will let me work on the carving from any angle and have both hands free.

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