Betty’s Cane

Betty’s Cane
Betty’s Cane

Creative Clamping.

Betty’s Cane

cutting dominos in sticks

Most of my life I have lived across the street from my great Aunt Betty. When I got home from the Army many years ago she supported my woodworking addiction in the form of lots of walnut. The walnut she gave me, I’m told, was cut from a tree when they (her and Uncle Elba) built their house. Uncle Elba had the tree sawn into boards, then stored that all in the basement for many many years.
A while ago she asked me to take a piece of diamond willow she had, and make her a cane. Generally to make diamond willow get its signature look you have to strip the back from it while it’s still green. The piece she gave me, she’d had for better than 10 years, just leaning in a corner of her garage, still barked.
It took a lot of sanding but I eventually found the diamonds under that bark, like she wanted.
The willow is pretty soft, so I knew I had to use something else to make the handle of the cane. I thought, “I still have some of that walnut left, she’d probably like to see some of that.” So I decided to carve a handle from a block of walnut. The tricky part is, how to connect the two pieces. The willow is far too soft for me to make a tenon from, and I didn’t have enough material to make one on the handle, so I opted to break out the domino and make quick work of it. Using the domino on something as organic as a willow stick certainly presented its challenges. But I managed to rig up enough platform to cut my slot.
Just in time for Christmas.
Finish: Teak Oil

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