Some people need medical apparatuses like wheelchairs, canes, and crutches to get around. But where some people see a hindrance, this man saw an opportunity.

Mike Stinnett is an artist and a gifted wood-carver from Oregon who decided that if he was going to have to use a walking aid, he darn sure was going to make the most of it. Watch what he did!

Mike looks for naturally curvy pieces of wood when he sets out to make his unique canes.

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The Oregon-based artist is inspired by the nature that surrounds him. 

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Slowly, the shape of the cane reveals itself in the wood. 

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Using carving and sanding Mike coaxes out each design with care.

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But that’s only the first step in this intricate process. 

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Mike uses a lathe and dark wood stain to meticulously detail every single feature. 

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The snake is really starting to come into focus!

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What an incredible transformation.

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It’s like the snake is really winding its way up the cane.

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You’d practically have to touch it to know it wasn’t real.

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*Shudder* double snakes!

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Can you imagine resting your hand on that?

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Stunning. 

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Here’s Mike posing with one of his first creations.

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You almost expect the tongue to flick out!

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Can you imagine using one of these? People would certainly get out of your way in a real hurry!

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