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Ever so often when working with a "stick" I make discoveries that almost make me jump up onto the roof - operative word: almost. I began making hand-made canes in the summer of 2013 and thus far only two have been Diamond Willow - and WOW!

I am amazed and wish I could find more. Sunday afternoon we went for a search, hoping to find more but struck out. I'm not giving up, however. It's my understanding the clumps of Diamond Willows normally grow near water, lakes/streams/rivers, etc. I NEED to get out into the farm country around here where there's 5,374 (by actual count) small streams leading toward the Kankakee River.

During October I sold eight canes, and felt good about that. However, this one is a keeper - not for sale. I'd take it as my in-house cane but dare not, for fear of dropping it. . . I do that, too often.

I've tried but am not certain these pictures properly show all the magnificent creations by The Creator.

Diamond Willow - Cane #81

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Looks good, nice shape to it. It's nice to have a few you like well enough to keep for your own collection of users etc. Don't let it collect dust it's only wood.
 
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Great looking piece Neb. As Sean said it is only wood you should use it and be proud of your work!
 

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Guys, as mentioned earlier, I drop my in-house cane - quite often. So that's why I use this cane - it has an almost natural "hook" so it rests on counters etc but even then it doesn't always stay in place. This is Osage Orange (from my brother) and it's tuff stuff! However, I've found those hardwood doll heads I use as knobs are not nearly as tuff and mar easily. So this newest creation will stay in the cane stand for now - will bring it out for show when/if company arrives.

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I'm with the others. Use it and enjoy it. Dents and dings are just a sign that it's been loved. Besides, if it gets too beat up for your liking you know a guy that can fix it.

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The one cane I sold at the show I wrote about was a vine twisted maple that had a round head I turned from Coco bola. There is no way you could dent that. You need to find someone with a lathe.
 
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