|Project by mmh||posted 04-21-2009 04:30 AM||4990 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
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.
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