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Discover how to create unique and beautiful canes that will be treasured as useful works of art!

  • 4 detailed step-by-step tutorials for creating expressive canes
  • 6 joinery methods for strong and durable joints between cane topper and staff
  • Expert advice on carving expressive cane toppers from basswood blocks
  • Useful tips for adding joint covers, hand grips, and custom features
  • Using found wood, how to source and prepare staffs, and a guide to basic cane construction techniques

Legendary carving artist Lora S. Irish introduces you to all the essential components and techniques of cane topper carving in this comprehensive guide.

Chock full of important tips and tricks, Cane Topper Woodcarving will teach you how to take full advantage of this fun and rewarding carving genre.

With step-by-step projects, ready-to-use patterns, and beautiful color photographs, Lora provides expert advice on sourcing, carving, joinery, finishing, customization, and more.

This complete cane-carving handbook includes:

  • Staffs:
    • Harvesting Staffs
    • Common Tree Species
    • Preparing a Staff
  • Joinery:
    • Joinery Basics
    • Hardware Joint Options
    • Working with Bamboo
    • Easy Tape Clamp
  • Joint Covers:
    • Wrapping Basics
    • Simple Leather Grip Wrapping
    • Cord Wrapping
    • Lanyard Wrapping
    • More Joint Ideas
  • Extras:
    • "What If" Bags
    • Pipes
    • Additional Wood
    • Wire Elements
    • Cane Tips
    • Personalized Grips
  • Topper Carving Basics:
    • Getting Started
    • Knives
    • Basic Cuts
    • Wood Grain Direction
    • Finishing
    • Planning Your Cane
  • Projects:
    • GI Joe Mushroom Topper: Carving the Planes of the Face
    • Wood Spirit Topper
    • Tiki Topper
    • Twistie Snake Topper
    • Bonus Projects

You'll also find patterns for the projects as well as 40 additional patterns for when you're ready to start carving cane toppers on your own!

Learn how to carve canes with character, with Cane Topper Woodcarving Projects!

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If it is for sale in our store -- it is because we use it and love it!

We are happy to share our experiences with these tools which may enhance your own. Given care, maintenance, and love, each of these fine tools is capable of lasting a lifetime. We do limit warranties to those offered by our supplying manufacturers. If ever you have a question or concern regarding any of the tools we sell, please let us know.

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These tools, toys and supplies are in constant use by our students, timber framing crews, and family. At Shelter Tools, we have a working knowledge of every product we sell. Graduates will find particular items recommended in class and on site.

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