The mortise and tenon joint is our preferred method for joining a walking cane handle to a walking cane shaft. The timeless joint has been used by woodworkers for centuries, because it’s famous for its strength and reliability. The joint is beautiful in its simplicity and it provides for a strong fit that can hardly be matched by any other method. In fact, once one of our stick makers told me that he purposefully tried to break one of our canes by banging the handle against concrete. Sure enough, he broke the handle but the mortise and tenon joint still held strong. Since we couple these joints with epoxy, they’re practically indestructible.
P.S. It’s mortise and tenon, not mortise and tendon. A tendon is a piece of tissue that unites a muscle with some other body part, and we already know what a tenon is. I even had someone email me once saying that our “website was all wrong,” that the true phrase is “mortise and tendon.” Oh well.