Hand carved wood canesBy Mark Chervenka
Hand carved wood canes
Figural cane heads of hand-carved hardwoods have been exported from the Czech Republic. Five of the new canes are shown below. Left to right, subject followed by wood species: bearded man in hat, walnut; eagle, elm; fighting lions, walnut; old woman, cherry; ram head, pear. Heads are mounted on matching hardwood shafts, total length is 36″. We found the canes for $59 each.
One of the ways these new canes differ from old is the wide brass connector which joins the head to the shaft. Head to shaft joints on vintage canes are generally very slight if visible at all. Many vintage carved wood canes, for example, are usually made from one piece of wood, not separate pieces for the head and shaft.