|Project by mmh||posted 03-29-2009 04:46 AM||3468 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a custom cane that I designed for a client who needs to put most of his weight on the pad of his thumb and palm area of his index and middle fingers. With limited finger use, I also had to make sure there was enough room for his fingers to rest and have enough surface for his palm to be comfortable when leaning on the cane. This was a definate challenge, but for a worthy cause, as this gentleman has such a positive and charming disposition. I have named this design the Larsen handle.
With his assistance, he made a clay handle and sent me photos of how he held his cane so I could see how his fingers wrapped around it and where his other fingers had to lay. I made the palm area flat and wide, but had to allow his thumb and first two fingers to wrap around the handle and cane for support. I left the front knob large and bulbous (“bulberous” for you creative types) and the handle swerves around to allow the last two fingers to rest against the wood without being pinched when in a closed position. The swirl at the end allows for a finger catch with some asethetic value.
I used the crotch piece of black walnut for ultimate support of the grain in a “Y” form for the handle. This also allows me to use a single piece to extend the neck of the handle. The collar is Manzanita Burl and joins to a shaft of solid Brazilian Cherry. It is somewhat a hefty piece, as it is made to carry his full weight when necessary. It is joined with a 3 inch 3/4” inner dowel of Ash, anchored with two 1/4” dowels.
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