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Fancy Wood Cane #040: Macadamia, Ebony & Maca

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Project by mmh posted 11-29-2008 05:53 PM 3357 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some macadamia wood with an interesting pattern of orange “dashes & rays” in it. Although the wood is cut on the cross grain to expose the pattern, the macadamia is quite hard and dense that I feel the short grain is still extremely strong. I had to work hard to sand down the surface to get the tool marks out as the wood is so dense. Not as hard as Ebony but hard enough to make a smaller handle and still be very, very strong. It has a Brazilian Ebony collar which will darken with age, and a Maca wood shaft. The Maca wood is very hard to come by as it’s not commonly known but is from South America and is being farmed. It is a really beautiful purple/reddish, orange, brown wood with gold in it. It is hard like Padouk but much denser and when burned, smells of pine. (Padouk has a nasty smell when burned.)

The design is also more of an elegant, formal affair, so if you need a “work horse” type of cane, you could get a thicker version, but I doubt this one will collapse under most user’s needs. It’s a heavy piece despite the thinness compared to my other canes, alas, “Big Stick Canes” is appropriately named. (A definate Skull Cracker or “B” Buster candidate.).

Your comments are welcome.

For more information please visit: http://www.bigstickcanes.com or http://www.gallerymh.com.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe





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SteveKorz

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#1 posted 11-29-2008 06:05 PM

Very nice as usual. These are works of art!

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#2 posted 11-29-2008 06:53 PM

Beautiful, love the grain direction, really flows. Three cheers for dense wood. Your gallery is looking great!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 11-29-2008 07:41 PM

Beautiful canes.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 11-29-2008 07:43 PM

Gorgeous piece!!

I saw an elderly gentleman, the other day, using a cane with a similar shaped handle. This was in south central Pennsylvania. Possibly one of yours?

Lew

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mmh

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#5 posted 11-29-2008 08:43 PM

Really?! Did it have a black walnut handle & shaft? I made one earlier for someone in the PA office of the law firm I used to work for. He commissioned it for an uncle or some elder in the family. I would love to know where you saw it.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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mmh

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#6 posted 11-29-2008 11:32 PM

Thank you for all the compliments. How exciting to have a possible sighting of one of my pieces. If it is indeed one of my canes, then I’m glad he had a comfortable grip and resting place for his hands. A tell-tale sign of my canes is that the shaft is always larger/thicker than any of the straight skinny ones that are mass produced and it tapers from 1.5” thick to about 3/4” thick, starting from square to oval/round. That’s why I don’t use a lathe, as you can’t get that gradual shaping on the lathe. I want my work to look professional and balanced but also to show that it was hand worked.

I had to inform one client who insisted he lliked symmetrically perfect work as on a lathe that this was not my style of work and if that’s what he wanted he would have to find another person to create a cane for him. I do strive for perfection but allow the imperfections to flow into the design. He loved the cane I made for him, it’s the Lychee & Marblewood cane.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 11-30-2008 06:37 AM

I love the Macadamia handle and the Ebony collar really sets it off. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 11-30-2008 03:46 PM

what is not to love. the only thing that would make it better is if you put a sword in it <girn> Great job. It looks like it is meant to be touched.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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mmh

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#9 posted 11-30-2008 04:23 PM

Hmmm. You’ve been peeking in my workshop? I just ordered a cane sword blade to work with.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 11-30-2008 04:31 PM

I love your canes! Ever thought about using a stair bolt to make the head shaft connection? Which is basically a threaded lag bolt except its pointed on both ends. I have a cane in my projects i made this way and found it to be an extremely strong joint.

Keep em coming!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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mmh

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#11 posted 11-30-2008 04:59 PM

Thanks for the input. Actually, I do have some other options to use such as the lag bolts (two sided bolts to screw into each section that become permanent) but I am saving those for when I use antler and horn (next on the list). I made the Faberge Egg http://lumberjocks.com/projects/10450 so that it screws on/off the base and both base and/or egg can be set onto a cane shaft. When the Forbes people return my egg I will finish the shaft and connections so the whole thing can be donned together. (I had to stop this project as the egg was sent for display in NYC and I didn’t want to screw it up without being able to see it first hand.). It will be more like a staff with removable parts. I can then create additional tops to screw on.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 11-30-2008 05:10 PM

Really done great!

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#13 posted 03-11-2009 09:34 PM

Beautiful work! Macademia is awesome.

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