Eagle Cane Project
Honoring Maine's Disabled Veterans

 [Adaptors] First, a big THANK YOU to all of the carvers and turners who have been involved with this project. It is your dedication that makes this whole thing possible. If you or your MWCA Chapter need help getting started or if you are in                need of supplies, please contact us. We are also keeping records of how many canes we produce and where they go, so we'd REALLY appreciate your keeping us posted!

Now, a little about how this program works:
The Turning:
First, we get a supply of turned tapered dowels. These then go to Maine Woodturners                                                                          member, Burt Truman, who turns the tenons and a decorative bead about 6" down from                                                                      the tenon. This sets off a nice area to apply personalization.Because the diameter of the                                                                        top of the dowel (1-1/4") is smaller than the diameter of the bottom of the eagle head                                                                  (1-3/4"), we use an "adaptor", about an inch tall, that fits onto the tenon and creates a                                                                           decorative bridge between the two parts. Above are some samples of adaptors that have                                                           been used, but our friends at Maine Woodturners have gotten very creative with these functional,                                   but very pretty additions. If you would like to try turning some adaptors, you can find more information                                                                   and details about them on the Maine Woodturners - Eagle Cane Project web page.

[Presentation] The Carving:
Many of our MWCA Chapter clubs have been carving eagle heads for canes as a group project. There is much to be learned, and the experience is definitely worth the effort. Give it a try, no matter what your skill level. There is always someone willing to help, and I assure you, you won’t be sorry. All we ask is that this be your best possible work and that you put your heart into it. Our disabled veterans deserve the very best we can do.
The Presentation:
Whenever possible we try to present the canes in person. We know this isn’t always possible, so we rely on shipping.You will be reimbursed for your shipping expenses when you present the receipt to MWCA’s Treasurer or Secretary. We have a form “certificate” to present with your cane. There are places on the certificate where you can enter not only the veteran’s name, but the names of the turner who turned the tenon and bead, the person who turned the adaptor, and the carver.

Marcia Berkall, Project Coordinator
South China, Maine 04358

Herb Blake, Project Manager
New Gloucester, Maine  04260