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Fancy Cane #052: Osage Orange, Bloodwood, Brazilian Ebony & Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry)

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Project by mmh posted 04-21-2009 04:30 AM 5271 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a “medium” sized cane handle made of Osage Orange. The collar is made of Bloodwood and Brazilian Ebony, the shaft is Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry). “Medium” sized is misleading as my cane handles are much heftier than most store bought versions. The photo shows cane #51 which was made for a petite woman’s hand, so the Osage handle is more suited for a medium sized MAN’s hand. It is also comfortable for my medium sized woman’s hand. I like to vary the size of the handles I create as hands are different sizes. (We wear shoes of different sizes, so why wouldn’t our hands be different too?)

The ergonomic design of my handles also goes with catering to the individual user’s hand size.
I was able to use the cross cut grain of the Osage in the handle as it is a very tight grained wood and very durable, also known for it’s flexibility, as it has been used by native Americans to make bows. There is a minor separation between growth rings on the under side of the large end of the handle and I filled it with epoxy. I doubt it will move, as I have been told by a reliable source that this wood is extremely durable and will not readily split.

I enjoyed working with Osage Orange. It will eventually darken as it oxidizes, but it will still have a beautiful grain and color.

Most of my canes are made 40” tall and are cut to order. Custom designs for the individual’s needs are my specialty.

For more information on my work please visit: http://www.bigstickcanes.com ; http://www.gallerymh.com .
Comments and inquiry welcome.

-- "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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lew

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 04:42 AM

Wow!!!

I love the way the you incorporated the grain pattern into the shape.

Lew

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

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trifern

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 04:54 AM

Great looking canes. I especially like the Osage Orange. Great shapes also. They remind me of highly stylized raptors. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 06:38 AM

Hey Meillie
another great group of supportive art .I always try and think about how there made and shaped and how much time goes into each cane. Beautiful work.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 09:13 AM

Its a beautiful,
you have made wood looks more attractive than itself.
great work,

Rosewood

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 02:21 PM

I really like the double collar on the Osage cane. Osage is a very pretty and hard wood, you managed to get the maximum out of the grain by using the ‘circular’ grain.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 04:59 PM

Great canes! So cool that the owners get to carry and handle your works of art. Like functional sculptures. Beautiful!

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

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#7 posted 04-22-2009 10:03 PM

Very neat looking canes MMH. You got a good thing going. I love your use of differing colors.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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osageman

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#8 posted 07-28-2009 07:52 AM

Thanks for sharing your beautiful art work. Osage, makes a beautiful handle. I would have never thought of running the grain in the direction you did…Thanks for the inspiration of your work..

-- OsageWare

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