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    Default For Men Who have Everything.

    Men who have everything are likely to receive the most useless gifts.

    My first is for a professor of medicine and the story behind it is that in olden times, surgeons, who were then lower down in the pecking order, had actually to touch their patients, whereas physicians just pointed with a silver topped cane.

    The ball for this cane was completed from two domes made in a large Durston cube, with a wire ring between them.

    The tube for the stem was formed around a suitable punch and topped with a further dome. There is also some twisted wire decoration and the two parts have been connected with a core of 5mm silver tubing for strength and to maintain ventilation when soldering.

    My second is for a graduate in philosophy. There is no story behind it, but I could hardly leave him out, so I have called it a philosopher’s staff.

    For this one I ran out of time for using the college equipment as the term had ended, but luckily I found a cupola set on EBay for £35 post free, which did the job well.

    The shafts for the canes I also found on EBay and they have non precious blackened ferrules so that they will withstand hard floors.

    Thickness of silver sheet used: 8.00mm. Wire used 2.00mm round.
    Diameter of first domes 46.50mm. Second domes made with cupola set, 54.25mm.
    Hammered texture, brass brush finish. Dennis.
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    Very nice Dennis, it would be nice if these types of canes became a wanted fashion item. I used to make canes and I even bought a wood turning lathe with a 48 inch bed so that I could turn my own sticks after the guy who used to make mine retired. The lathe is still stored in my garage never used. I also made a few swordsticks, for export as they are illegal in the UK.

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    *Love* these, I'd love to make one one day, fabulous.

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    They are superb! How much do they weigh Dennis!? With the size and thickness of the silver they must have a pleasing heft to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldsmith View Post
    Very nice Dennis, it would be nice if these types of canes became a wanted fashion item. I used to make canes and I even bought a wood turning lathe with a 48 inch bed so that I could turn my own sticks after the guy who used to make mine retired. The lathe is still stored in my garage never used. I also made a few swordsticks, for export as they are illegal in the UK.

    James
    I buy all my umbrellas from James Smith & Sons Umbrellas in London where they still sell walking sticks/canes

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    interesting I have have made hundreds of walking sticks/canes although that was before I made jewellery and I allways puchased off the shelf metal parts, re; silver sheet did you mean .8mm or 8.00mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by vsilvered View Post
    I buy all my umbrellas from James Smith & Sons Umbrellas in London where they still sell walking sticks/canes
    Hi Vivienne, I sold my walking sticks to specialist dealers, these were some of the handles I made.

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    These are very cool Dennis!

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    Thank you all for liking the sticks.
    I would dearly have liked the use of a wood turning lathe to taper the ends of the shafts James, but made do with filing.
    China I was just congratulating myself on not having any typos this time, but there it is. Yes it was 0.8mm sheet.
    Faith, they were well above my usual weight, even for belt buckles, at 80 grams and 100grams. Cookson are delighted. Dennis.

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