Three coats of Daly’s ProFin provide the splash here. The spiral cane came out ok, but perhaps could have used a little more contrast in the species to really pop. I consider it a successful one-off right out of the chute, to mix a metaphor.
The straight laminations are attractive, but I don’t see the colors of the handle coordinating well with the browns of the shaft. I’ll consider carefully those hue relationships next time and glue up a couple or three different options for handles. Then I can, time after that, select some shaft shades to go with the handles in stock.
My favorite is the figured maple. The taper is right, the two components seem to want to be together, and it feels nicely balanced.
I have learned much here by doing.
I am giving these as gifts to a wonderful client, and I am getting as much as I am giving by taking the leap with a textbook case of Ready, Fire, Aim.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"