There is a fascinating tradition that dates back to the civil war. When soldiers would come home, many with leg injuries, the neighbors would carve a cane for them which proudly bare a bald eagle head on top. Over time, as there were breaks in war and the government began stepping in with veteran care like the VA, the tradition faded away.
In 2004, a woodworking group came across the old story and restored the tradition creating Eagle Head Canes for veterans. The idea spread quickly across the country and now that tradition continues among our local woodworkers. The Black Canyon Wood Carvers, the Montrose Area Woodturners, and the Guild of Western Colorado Turners lovingly create these canes for veterans in Montrose and surrounding areas.
Eagle Head Canes Made So Far
We are honored that they have chosen the Warrior Resource Center to be their central coordination point to receive applications for these beautiful canes. The applications are available though the Warrior Resource Center, the VFW, and the Pavillon. Once the forms are completed and submitted, the coordination between all those involved in the creation process begins. The Montrose woodworkers carve the beads, turn the canes, add personalized engraving and carefully assemble. They are truly a work of love.
These woodworkers are always looking for more people to help with this project, especially to create the eagle heads. If you would be interested in learning more or would just like to spend some time with some interesting people, please stop by the Warrior Resource Center for more information on the group behind these wonderful canes.