I decided to make a cane with the same idea of inserting a separate dowel into the center of the hollowed out piece. I am using the same woods as before, walnut and oak. This will have the words “The Lord Leads My Path”. The pictures below show the progress. This cane can actually be used, and I am willing to sell it.
I am making a second cane, with the opposite colors. The outer wood is oak, and the inserted wood is walnut. My plan is to carve the entire length of oak into a basket weave. I will update with photos.