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Local resident Jerry Van Heukelom creates original walking canes with a handle fashioned after an old handsaw's hand grip. Jillian Dexheimer photo

Old design comes in handy

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Starting out with a piece of cardboard, River Falls resident Jerry Van Heukelom draws out a pattern for one of his unique handsaw handle canes.


He then takes his cardboard pattern and traces it on to a wood board -- walnut, cherry, oak, maple -- and cuts it out.

After the pattern, which features a handle like an old hand saw, is cut out, Van Heukelom sands, stains, and polyurethanes the cane, then adds a soft tip to the end.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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