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Jerry Van Heukelom of River Falls creates original walking canes with a handle fashioned after an old handsaw's hand grip.

Handsaw handles come in handy

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

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

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

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