|WE RESPECT AND APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO
HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY TO PROTECT
THIS GREAT COUNTRY
The Tri-Valley Carvers have been busy working on Veterans canes for the National Eagle Cane
Project for veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the projects are for local Vets that
were from the Korean War. “So far this year, five of our members have completed or are working
on 8 canes and the enthusiasm is spreading”, said Bob Kehl, President.
This enthusiasm began after several of our members reviewed other CCG chapter cane carving
activity at the Oakhurst Rendezvous last year. We started out with three canes and set out
developing a process to carve, paint, finish and ship a cane to the Vet that bears his or her
personal honors and requests.
The members make the heads from scratch, burn in the feathers, and paint it to enhance the detail.
Glass eyes are put in place to make a fierce realistic look. The shafts, provided by the National
Eagle Cane Organization, are decorated with the honors and any other special requests the
Veteran may have.
The decorating process is done by burning or laser carving in the details and painted by the
members. One of our members, Paul Fackler, is providing a pen he turns with a camouflage finish
that is a special gift attached to the cane prior to shipment. As a final touch, a personal note is
placed in the box holding the pen thanking the Veteran for his/her service.
Featured below is John Peterson presenting a commemorative Veteran’s cane to SPC4 George
Martin, U.S. Army, 187th Airborne at the Livermore Veteran’s Hospital. George’s service received
the purple heart medal, combat infantry badge, and Korean war medal. All of the honors were
represented on the cane shaft topped with an eagle head carved by John. John is a new carver
and this was his third project. John indicated George was “overjoyed to receive his cane”.
|If you are interested in sending a donation to help pay
for Canes for Veterans please contact our Tri-Valley
Wood Carvers Club Treasurer Mike Pocha at
All donations are greatly appreciated!
Veteran SPC4 George Martin
Rick Jensen Paul Hill Jack Vincent
|Tri-Valley Cane Display at the Sacramento Carving