Synopses & Reviews
TAKE YOUR WOODWORKING FOR A WALK! From rustic walking sticks to fancy canes, woodworker and author Charlie Self "cane" show you how to craft more than a dozen different staffs in Make Your Own Walking Sticks. Whether you are looking for something simple and practical or looking to make a statement, you will find everything you need to know inside this fun and easy-to-follow book. The first part covers what woods to use, the tools and hardware you'll need, and the basic construction and finishing techniques necessary to complete your project. The second part is devoted to 15 projects ranging from a simple pine branch cane for the beginner to a brass-handled and stylishly turned two-piece cane for the advanced craftsman. To ensure your success, step-by-step directions, helpful sidebars, and full-color photographs are all provided. Also included is a helpful guide to North American woods, 25 original carving patterns from renowned artist Lora S. Irish, and a stunning and inspiring gallery of canes and walking sticks from the private collection of Albert LeCoff, executive director of the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.
"Excellent photography and clear photos of procedures make up this wonderful tribute to traditional craft." --Woodcentral.com
Large, clear photos are linked to excellent explanatory text in this beautiful book on walking sticks, canes and staffs.
Step-by-step directions, helpful sidebars, and detailed patterns provide the necessary instructions for woodworkers to create more than 15 different and unique canes and walking sticks. Educating crafters on the best types of wood to use, what materials are needed, and basic techniques and hardware, this sourcebook presents projects for beginners, such as a bark on pine walking stick, as well as sophisticated works, including a turned two-piece cane with a brass handle, for more seasoned woodworkers. In addition to a discussion of the woodworking techniques of sanding, shaping, and turning wood in order to create polished, elegant canes and staffs, readers will find an impressive photo gallery featuring works from the private collection of Albert LeCoff, executive director of the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.
Take your woodworking for a walk! Woodworkers, carvers, and turners of all skill levels will discover 15 fun walking stick projects that range from a basic pine staff to a sophisticated brass-adorned turned cane. Complete with step-by-step instructions, detailed patterns, and in-depth coverage of shaping, turning, and finishing techniques, this book also includes a valuable guide to woods and an impressive gallery of works from the private collection of Albert LeCoff, executive director of the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.
Features step-by-step projects for a variety of sticks, staffs and canes. Includes a history of walking sticks, reasons to make your own, full-color gallery, and information on how to market your work. Carvers, turners and woodworkers of all skill levels will discover 15 fun projects and patterns for crafting canes. Includes 25 original carving patterns from renowned artist Lora S. Irish.
About the Author
Woodworker Charles Self is an award-winning writer who has contributed a vast amount of work to the woodworking field. In 2005, he received a Vaughan-Bushnell Golden Hammer Award for Best Do-It-Yourself Book for "Woodworker's Pocket Reference." His other books include "Cabinets and Countertops," "Woodworker's Guide to Selecting and Milling Wood," "Creating Your Own Woodworking Shop," and "Building Your Own Home." He has also written thousands of articles for publications, such as "Popular Woodworking," "Woodcarving Illustrated," "Woodshop News," and "Woodworker's Journal," and he has edited and consulted for companies such as DeWalt, Grizzly Industrial, mcGraw-Hill, Time-Life, and Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia. he currently serves as a director for the National Association of Home and Workshop Writers.
Table of Contents
About the Author
Fantastic Canes and Walking Sticks
Canes from Tree Branches
Canes from Root Sections
Canes from Blocks of Wood
Carved Handles for Canes
Walking Sticks as Weapons
A Gallery of Fantastic Canes and Walking Sticks
Shaping the Bowl
Attaching the Stem
A Gallery of Fantastic Pipes