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    Diamone willow cane redux

    You might recall my post about the Diamond willow cane. I was very proud to acquire this diamond willow stick and make it into a cane.
    But, when done it was simply too tall for me to use comfortably. (BTW, I don't need or use a cane. I sorta collect them and am preparing for the day when I might need one.)
    However, I was reluctant to cut it down as there was some nice diamond formations near the end tip.
    Then a rare strike of brillance struck me. Cut it down and incorporate the formations cut off into a new handle. That would accomplish my needs for a shorter stick and preserve the formations.
    To add some length to the handle I choose Osage Orange and doweled a couple hunks onto the willow. The OO will turn walnut dark with time, I know that and it is just fine with me.
    My original plan was to turn the OO down to blend with the ends of the willow. Uh-Oh! No-no. Found out, that willow just won't turn. No way, no how. It only goes to splinters. So I ended up with a somewhat abrupt meeting of the two. Not what I envisioned but the wood dictated the results as often happens with projects, even little ones like this.
    Enneyhow, the steps and end result is shown. I still have a little touch up here and there but I like the end result. If I ever do need to use it for real I'll carry with pride remembering my friend.
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    That looks real nice Frank I like it
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    Ya done good, Frank.
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    Now you fixed it. Well done Frank.
    cheers

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    Flows much better than the first one Frank. Well done
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    Well done Frank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Flows much better than the first one Frank. Well done
    Sayin' so myself, I think so also. I feel good about it now. Len would be proud.
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    Well Done Frank!
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    Help me out here Frank...what's Diamond Willow? I've heard of weeping willow, but not Diamond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    Help me out here Frank...what's Diamond Willow? I've heard of weeping willow, but not Diamond.
    I was hoping someone would ask. It comes from the north country, Canadian Yukon, Alaska and such. The formations are not normal on the willows but are the result of a disease. The amount and size of the formations varies a lot. A perfect covering of the 'diamonds' is highly sought after. As far as I can tell, there are only a couple cottage industry folks cutting and selling the stick. And, sadly, one is going out of business as he has terminal cancer. Do a Google search and some suppliers will pop up.
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