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Cane handles - full size chisels or palm gouges?


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#1 Lol999

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 02:09 PM

Which do you prefer? I'm not talking so much animal heads etc but rather carving designs into say a cardigan pattern handle. I would imagine both have their advantages but what is your experiences?



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Posted 31 August 2016 - 11:34 PM

I sometimes texture the grip of the handle. I have done a basket weave and fish scale disigns on handles. But if it is going to be a daily user. A natural or smooth handle is my choice. Dirt and grime from the hand build up fast in the carvings and can de hard to clean.

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 12:51 AM

I like to see animal/water fowl heads incorporated into cardigan sticks ,it makes the stick very individual .I haven't had a problem cleaning them , but I have only carved them for other people  and don't use them .

A nice cardigan stick with a feature on .with a buffalo horn collar and end piece looks great and my preference would be for this style but I have English taste.. Where as American s  tend to go more for folk art its just a matter of taste



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 07:20 AM

Hi Lol999, agree with CV3 if the design is actually being carved into the grip area, adding the carving to the front of he handle as Cobalt is saying, or as an addition on the back area of the handle.the size of the carving tends to dictate which tooling to use, its not often that I resort to chisel and mallet, unless faced with a hard knotty area, mainly use knife, palm chisel and power (as time goes on power is the King).



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:06 AM

Once the blank is cut on the band saw I tend to use chisels for roughing out , then add as much detail with the fine chisels and v tool if needed then finish with a knife and power tool.

The worst of the power tool is it creates so much dust in the workshop . on your clothes even tho i use a leather apron .then forget to clean the shoes until the boss comes along and spots the dust marks on the floor, after all this time i still do it, habit forming

but I hardly ever carve into the shank as I leave the bark on and have never used para cord , which I suspect would be a area that's difficult to clean.



#6 Lol999

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:30 AM

I just have a yen to do some plain handles, cardigan pattern or derby, and do some carving in the sides of the handles. Sounds like at least 1 palm gouge, perhaps a 3mm v or u tool may be useful from talking to a chap at carving club.



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:14 PM

Either will work  good I would suggest that you draw out you design on some similar scrap before you work on your handle. It will give you a idea where you may have some issues with the wood or the use of the tool. 


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 08:16 PM

once you cut the pattern out for a  cardigan stick good wood rasp  will quickly shape it. a few burrs to fit into your flexi tool will quickly cut a shallow pattern into it without much problem.



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Posted 06 September 2016 - 02:43 PM

Hi Lol999, agree with CV3 if the design is actually being carved into the grip area, adding the carving to the front of he handle as Cobalt is saying, or as an addition on the back area of the handle.the size of the carving tends to dictate which tooling to use, its not often that I resort to chisel and mallet, unless faced with a hard knotty area, mainly use knife, palm chisel and power (as time goes on power is the King).

Any suggestions on the most used size and profiles of palm tools you use?



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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:41 PM

If youe putting a shallow design on the stick mayby you should just use  the power tool.There are a wide range of burrs available. It depends what type of tools you have at hand ,even a knife will do the trick. At this stage there is no need to rush to buy tools. go to a flea market. Usually there's loads of good quality tools going at very reasonable prices.






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