Fancy Custom Cane #161: Extra Fancy Quilted Maple, Paela Burl, Gabon Ebony & Tiger Maple

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Project by mmh posted 01-18-2015 06:44 PM 2283 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my fancier canes that a client commissioned for his collection. He appreciates the quilted maple that I myself have a fondness for, as the chatoyance in this grain gives a hologram effect of ever changing patterns. The pattern changes with every movement and light change that can only make you wonder how Mother Nature does this!

The handle is made of luthier quality Quilted Maple and the collars are Gabon Ebony and Paela Burl. The Paela Burl is quite rare and one of the few orange colored woods that I know that keep it’s color, as many, such as Padauk, will oxidize quite dark with time.

The shaft is made of Tiger (fiddleback) Maple which also has a lovely grain that moves with the changing angle of light. Usually, I do not like to put too many patterned woods together, as they can clash and you lose the unique aesthetic value of such a fancy grain, but the similar woods of different pattern seem to work quite well here. If understated, it is still a vibrant piece for one to sport and show off.

The client recently traveled to Italy with this cane, and I would love to hear what type of comments he received, especially from any wood workers.

Comments and inquires welcome.

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 06:58 PM

Very nicely crafted and beautiful combination of woods!

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 06:59 PM

Wow, very impressive!


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#3 posted 01-18-2015 08:02 PM

Looks really lovely. What finish method did you use?

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#4 posted 01-18-2015 10:44 PM

Smooth and fine, that’s what that is.

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#6 posted 01-19-2015 12:38 AM

Wow, Meilie! That’s incredible!!

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#7 posted 01-19-2015 03:27 AM

Beautiful cane. I too would like to know what finish you used. Those grain patterns are wonderful. Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 01-19-2015 03:30 AM

hey mmh: that orange color is usual a super cane.

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#9 posted 01-19-2015 04:34 AM

Beautiful! I always look forward to seeing your canes.

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#11 posted 01-19-2015 12:53 PM

That is very pretty Melei. Excellent blend of woods and colors.

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#12 posted 01-19-2015 01:18 PM

Very Beautiful!!! One of my favorites.

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#13 posted 01-19-2015 01:35 PM

Love the moving grains. As always you make it seem effortless

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#14 posted 01-21-2015 03:11 PM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I used a high friction wax used for turnings. It goes on smoothly if used in a warmer temperature environment and seems to wear better than my original tung oil formulas.

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#15 posted 01-25-2015 04:59 AM

simply a beautiful piece of art… well done!

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