Fancy Custom Cane #163: Tiger Maple (reverse handle), Cocobolo & Padauk

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Project by mmh posted 03-15-2015 03:09 PM 1716 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an extra large Derby style handle made with a wide surface to allow the user a lot of palm rest area. This is a “reverse handle” and the long side is held away from your body while the palm rests over the shaft, opposite of traditional cane use. This allows a sturdier stance and you can swing the shaft outwards easier for a more fluid motion to walk either a slow or fast pace. The extra wide palm area allows better weight distribution on the hand so there is less discomfort when placing your body weight on a small area. Many of us do not have strong hands or wrists and may be having issues with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve damage, so having to depend on holding ourselves up with a hand that is weak or compromised is not conducive to a secure means of staying vertical. In other words, you can topple over if your hand hurts!

The young lady who commissioned me for this cane wanted something unique. She also wanted a contrast in woods with some interesting grain. I chose a nicely figured Tiger Maple as it is quite a beautiful wood that has a chatoyance of the grain changing in the different angles of light and it is a wood that is lightweight enough to make a large handle and not be too heavy.

The shaft is made of solid Padauk which has a beautiful deep orange color that oxidizes to a nice deep orange/brown. The faux bamboo shape was done on a lathe by my husband and it gave this a rather unique and elegant natural vintage yet modern look. The collar is made of Cocobolo which gives an additional flair to the cane, yet subtle enough to not be garish.

She enjoyed using her new cane, as her store bought one was hurting her hands when having to put a lot of her weight on it for balance. Knowing that my ergonomic design worked well for her was quite rewarding, as my goal is to create an artful design that also has purpose. Fortunately, she has recovered from her issues and currently does not need to use her cane, but she has one that is made for her height, weight and hand size/shape that she knows will be comfortable to use.

Comments and inquires welcome. Please visit Big Stick Canes for more of my work or Canes for Sale

-- "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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#1 posted 03-15-2015 03:36 PM

Wow. I always marvel at your precision and design. This is a beautiful example of both. From one simple cane, I can years of experience and exceptional talent. Thank you for sharing!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 04:01 PM

beautiful work. the combination of woods, well thought out design and shaping have resulted in a superb looking (and function, I would assume) cane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 07:46 PM

Well thought out, and a lovely result.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 10:46 PM

Absolutely gorgeous work and mixture of woods that compliment yet contrast well with one another. Superb craftsmanship almost to pretty to use. May I ask how is the handle attached to the shaft?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 03-15-2015 11:40 PM

Love the colors, Meilie!!

That’s a really cool “bamboo” shaft, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 12:41 AM

First class all the way with this.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 04:38 AM

Thank you for all of the compliments!

Northwest29: The shaft is held using a visible tenon. Glued and wedged.

-- "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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#8 posted 03-16-2015 10:41 AM

wooweeeee! the color combo is eye-grabbing. The handle is sensuous!!!

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