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I have this Bios D'Arc (Osage Orange) stick that I have been curing for about 5 years and I want to make a cane from it. I want to carve the top into something such as a horse head, a skull, or something similar, but not too difficult.

Any suggestions?

The dimensions now are:

Overall Length 56". I plan to make the cane about 36" long.

The part at top is 5.5" X 2" diameter counting the .125" bark (which I plan to remove)

The dark center is much harder than the white outer wood and it measures 1.5" x 2" diameter. The outer white wood could be used or removed. Here are some photos of it.

Click on photos to enlarge & then hit back button or you will delete this page.

Wood Tints and shades Twig Art Artifact

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These 2 show how handle is offset to right

Sleeve Wood Font Safety glove Art Wood Natural material Chair Hardwood Plant

showing top. You can see dark/white wood

Wood Gesture Tints and shades Human leg Twig

This is the bottom of the big piece.

The black is burnt from the saw blade burning it,

but you can see the dark & white wood.

Wood Natural material Jewellery Fashion accessory Metal

My skill at carving is very limited, but here are three one piece canes I carved from Bois D'Arc:

Sculpture Carnivore Statue Wood Felidae Head Eye Giraffidae Giraffe Table Bicycle part Reptile Wood Metal Fashion accessory
 

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I do have a horse head in progress if you want a photo of it i will post it tommorow ,Its something someone has started and wants me to finish it of for him. its based on a crook type handle I also have a pattern for a half head handle in a book ,think its called stickmaking a complete course i have never carved it yet its a book worth having .
 

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Thanks Cobalt. I wish the big part was shaped differently, but I gotta work with what I got.

I rotated this photo to get into perspective, and it looks like I could make a horse's head out of it. It's just that most of the horse head will have to be higher than the cane shaft. Horse Liver Sculpture Wood Terrestrial animal Gesture Font Art Slope Elbow

Horse Working animal Liver Sculpture Fawn Horse Liver Sculpture Wood Terrestrial animal
 

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Cobalt said:

"just draw the head then modify the neck shape to suit the shape of the shank you use its very easy.

as you probably wont get the right size picture to suit your needs."

I want to make a one piece cane, but the top is the wrong angle.

I could make the top part into a horse head with an upturned nose

like the picture I pasted on "02 January 2015 - 10:06 PM",

but I am still looking for something better.
 
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