Fancy Wood Cane #039: Manzanita Burl Swirl & Purpleheart

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Project by mmh posted 11-30-2008 07:09 PM 3084 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am enjoying working with Manzanita Burl. This wood has a range of grain formations and each piece is unique. I wanted to mimic the swirl of a nautilus shell but with the restrictions on size, shape and comfort I had to eliminate some of the center material for two fingers to fit. The grain of the wood is spectacular and I wanted to keep as much of the movement in it as possible. I added a collar of Padouk and Brazilian Ebony to accent it with the Purpleheart shaft. The burl has natural voids that are filled with epoxy & wood shavings. It looks more like a Shepard’s hook which was not my intention. I will have to try a different design to get more of the shell swirl.

Your comments are welcomed.

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#1 posted 11-30-2008 09:29 PM


Interesting Shape- may you should call it the Elephant Seal design :^)

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#2 posted 11-30-2008 10:09 PM

Another gorgeous piece of functional art. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 12:23 AM

That burl is gorgeous. It looks like you really did a nice job on the finish, too. Good work.

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 02:56 AM

I agree with lew, my first thought was Elephant Seal. I like the look of everything, it’s a shame you couldn’t get your ‘nautilus’ look. I think that would be an awesome acheivement to mimic nature.

Now that you have the elephant seal down pat, perhaps a flamingo will be next?


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#5 posted 12-01-2008 04:15 AM

Well, OK, Elephant Seal it is, BUT only if you guys can mimic one calling a mate in unisen.

-- "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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#6 posted 12-01-2008 04:34 AM

Another great cane. nice job.

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 10:22 AM

A very nice cane indeed.

-- “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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