Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I finished my weekend project, making my own cane. I think I spent too much time standing at the workbench this weekend and not enough time doing my PT exercises. Back got sore.
The cane has a steel top that is shaped like the top of a human femur. I used a hollow blacksmithy 2" ball for the head, welded on some thin-walled tubing for the neck and then added a piece of elliptical tubing from a crappy kid's donor bike for the main femur, then I had to go free-form on the top and add various 3/8" wire and 1/8" strap to make the greater trochanter and the lesser tochanter on the inside. I made kerf cuts in the bike tubing to bring it's diameter down consistantly as you move down the shaft. I did a lot of welding and grinding, then some sanding and then some wire brushing. The finish on the steel is simply olive oil burned in at high temp, like seasoning a cast iron pan.
It's a little heavy, but it reminds me of walking with my old-school Chounard laminated wood ice axe, or with my handy mini mattock that I used a bunch for soil sampling several years ago. Plus, the kids reminded me, it can be used as a weapon. Lovely. Also, the piriformis (small top knot on the greater trochanter) adds a little massage to the hand if you want to mix it up a little.
It looks pretty cool, but it's not exactly anatomically correct and hopefully Mr. PT won't tell me I can't use it.