Thanks for all the replies..it gives me a lot to go on!
Intresting thing about Alan Mc Dougall making weights: I recently asked paperweights plus if it would be possible a closepack with all his canes as well as a signature cane and got a very negative reply. I have looked for the mail but cannot find it but it basically boiled down to him making weights and not canes. I understand that this is normal, for an apprentice to use somebody else's canes, but I thought he had moved on in his making.
Thanks once again for all the responses.
PS: I hesitate to mention this but the idea is that these weights will eventually be turned into knobs for kitchen cuboards. I am currently doing research on what to use so as to be able to remove them from the mounting if needed (read, if we ever move they are not staying there and need to be returned to minature weights for display!)
PSS: SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) does not know about the removal part of the plan