This book is really 2 books in one. Carving Creative Walking Sticks and Canes first instructs many of the fundamental techniques for making a walking stick or cane including, making handles, straightening sticks, making decorative spacers (transitioning between the shaft and handle), different methods for fastening the handle to the cane and much more. The rest of this great book covers in depth 13 different projects including how to carve birds and animals for cane handles. The attention to detail in this book is incredible. Over 230 pages of helpful cane making information and power carving tips and techniques are included. This is one of the most complete cane and walking stick making books we have seen in quite some time.
This is the description from the publisher:
Put your wood carving skills to practical use! This must-have book features 13 projects with step-by-step instructions and photography for creative and elegant walking sticks. Including projects for both intermediate and advanced wood carvers, painting and finishing instructions are provided, as well as helpful information on types of wood used for walking stick shanks, methods for joining a head to a shank, and more. From a simple lyre-shaped thumb stick and a gent’s walking stick to derby sticks with the head of a fox, eagle, Labrador retriever, black swan, and other animals, you’ll enjoy putting your carving skills to the test by creating these beautifully useful walking sticks and canes. Author Paul Purnell is a self-taught wood carver for 15 years who specializes in birds, animals, and other wildlife. His carving style includes a mixture of tools, and he has carved projects for The Guild of Master Craftsman’s Wood Carving and Woodworking Crafts magazines. 240 pages, softback.