Fancy Wood Cane #023: Claro Black Walnut & Maca Wood

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Project by mmh posted 12-09-2008 07:41 AM 4138 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my favorites, as the handle is an extremely dense piece of Claro Black Walnut and the shaft is Maca which is not commonly found, although it’s being farmed and is quite beautiful. This is an earlier photo of this cane when I had first applied pure tung oil and tried a wax finish on top of it. That was a mistake, as the wax made it gummy and took fingerprints like crazy, but it gave the wood a beautiful depth of color and a softer, more sensuous texture than a hard finish. It also gave a more antique feel to the cane. Unfortunately the gummy feel did not seem durable or practical, so I chose to remove this and apply a different finish. It took several sandings and stripping techniques to get the wax off. A real learning situation on a bad finish technique. I still like this photo of this cane better than the new hard finish, but I like the hard finish better as a more usable one.

Here’s a recent photo of the same cane:
The new, hard finish is very different and the lighting in the photo is also different so it looks a lot lighter in color than it really is, but you can now see the graining of the Claro Black Walnut handle. It’s still a beautiful cane, just different in finish.

The background is our dining table that we made and is also posted in my “Projects”.

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 01:20 PM

Great work! I realy love the colors!

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 01:34 PM

Very nice cane. could not help but notice the very nice figured maple( I think) in the background.

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 01:47 PM

A very nice cane. Your experience of wax finish is very valuable to others. Finally what was the finish you ended with?

-- “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 12-09-2008 02:08 PM

Nice cane. The matte finish is definitely a better look for these. You should experiment with hard finishes that can be durable yet give you the very same look.

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

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#5 posted 12-09-2008 02:39 PM

It looks very comfortable and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 12-09-2008 04:22 PM

Beautiful Cane!

I see what you mean by the finish, it looks “soft” and begs to be touched!


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#7 posted 12-09-2008 04:32 PM

Agree with others, the matte finish really brings out the softness and color of the wood.

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#8 posted 12-09-2008 06:31 PM

I like the matte finish, but either way, really beautiful combination of wood.

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

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