Carving Canes & Walking Sticks
Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 122
While many walking sticks are fully turned, some are embellished with a handle that is carved rather than turned. The carving can be simple - a graceful curve to fit the palm of the hand, for example - or it can be a detailed design. Tom Wolfe prefers the latter, having carved hundreds of sticks and canes with the heads of animals, people and wood spirits.
In Carving Canes & Walking Sticks Tom Wolfe provides a step-by-step colour photograph guide to the carving of two different projects - an old man with a pipe carved in timber and a wood spirit carved in the end of a synthetic antler cane. The first is carved with small hand tools, the latter with a mini-tool such as a Dremel or Proxxon.
Each project includes instructions for mounting the handle to the stick and finishing and sealing the carving. At the end of the book there are line drawings of ten different carved walking stick handles, plus photographs of the completed carvings.
Carving Canes & Walking Sticks is an informative introduction to carved walking stick handles and miniatures generally.
Carving the Wooden Handle Cane
Carving the Antler Cane