2012 - Volume #36, Issue #2, Page #22
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Walking Canes Look Like Guns

“A lot of people think they’re real guns and can’t believe they’re made entirely out of wood,” says James Amnott, Medfield, Mass., about his “gun” walking canes.
  He recently sent FARM SHOW photos of canes made to look like a Colt Western Peacemaker, a model 1911 Army 45 automatic pistol, and a replica of an 18th century flintlock. The canes are made completely out of wood, except for a few metal fasteners or screws, which are used to secure the barrel or provide decorations.
  “They’re lightweight, sturdy, comfortable and make great conversation pieces,” says Amnott. “They’re put together with glue and screws. No two are alike, because I don’t use patterns or blueprints.”
  The gun stocks are made of 1/4-in. plywood of various types glued together, “which provides great strength without the weak points of a single piece of wood.” Some stocks have decorative inlays in them. Stock designs and shapes vary. The barrel, flintlock, trigger guard, ramrod tip and ramrod guides are painted in metallic colors. The stocks are stained to look old, and the entire cane is completed with multiple layers of a hard, clear finish.
  Amnott can also make canes featuring the tools of trades people, the logos of sports teams, or something emblematic of other professions or interests. “Almost any idea can be incorporated into these canes,” he says.
  It takes quite a while to make a gun cane, says Amnott. “I cut out each piece roughly on a bandsaw and glue the pieces together. To shape all the parts I use belt sanders, drills, chisels, small cutting tools, rasps and sandpaper.”
  Amnott came up with the idea when his knee started going bad. “Instead of using a conventional cane and having people feel sorry for me, I thought I’d make something more interesting to divert their attention. People began asking if they could buy one, and that’s how my business began.”  
  Amnott sells his walking canes for $300 to $500. When ordered, the canes are cut to the desired length, fitted with a rubber tip, and shipped free anywhere in the U.S. Custom designs are quoted on request. The canes can be viewed at www.GunCanesandMore.com.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Amnott, 112 Harding St., Medfield, Mass. 02052 (ph 508 359-6467; aamnott@aol.com).

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