Converted from brass torches. We do the conversions in-house, with one exception: Daryll Whitehead is now making the caps for us, so these are his lamps in more than merely the name & inspiration. There is a load of info about these lamps, including a story about being apprenticed to Daryll, on the website—please visit and enjoy the read. Feed these lamps a strict diet of denatured alcohol—nothing else!
I strongly recommend alcohol lamps for working the lumps out of cane. There is a mite of fire danger, but there is also magic … and silence. You can work cane and think, or listen to classical concertos.
The worst is information ever put into print about cane is that it is inherently dangerous to work with using your bare hands. You will get splinters, you will get cuts, you will get burns—but not many. You will also be in tune with your material. The rewards are worth the few hazards. When flaming, if you use your bare hands, you’ll be more likely to prevent damage to your cane. You’ll quickly learn when the cane is hot enough to be malleable and not so hot as to be damaged. Especially when using flame to straighten glued up rod sections, you must use your bare hands with your thumbs close to the area being flamed. If you can’t keep your fingers on the cane just to the sides of the kink you’re trying to work out, then the cane is too hot and about to scorch. The key is to keep the cane moving, both spinning it and moving it from side to side. Warm it gently, then bend it to your awe; warm it not, and break it all to pieces.
(Apologies to Wm. Shakespeare, Henry V, Act First, Scene Second.)