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Fancy Wood Canes: Collection

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Project by mmh posted 04-26-2009 06:47 AM 4977 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a partial collection of canes I have made. It gives you a sense of the variety of designs I have done and what I plan to do for future creations. My goal is to make a comfortable walking aide that is also attractive and fun to use. I hope the user enjoys the beauty of the woods with the varied grains and colors that nature has provided just as much as I have in creating each piece.

Canes can be a fashion statement, just like shoes. You don’t have to wear an ugly one and it should be comfortable too.

Comments and inquiries welcome.

For more information on my work visit: http://www.bigstickcanes.com ; http://www.gallerymh.com .

-- "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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rosewood

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#1 posted 04-26-2009 07:17 AM

Mmh,

You are talented person who know to sellect and made the beauty looks more beatiful and useful.
have you ever made its body from two pcs of bookmatch ? so when the user is using it we can see that both side has same figures, its only my idea,

Regards.

Rosewood.

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Spoontaneous

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#2 posted 04-26-2009 01:36 PM

What an awesome and beautiful collection of art. And functional art at that! My favorites still have to be the Manzanita burl on the left and the neighboring osage orange. The use of grain on that one was outright brilliant. Pretty stuff! Looks like a candy store in there.

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

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 01:44 PM

WOW, very cool…thanks for sharing.

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

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firecaster

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#4 posted 04-26-2009 03:01 PM

Those are great. How ‘bout a blog on how to make them?

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#5 posted 04-26-2009 03:04 PM

Millie: A great collection. I hope they all turn into cash for you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 04-26-2009 03:05 PM

Check out the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. Albert LeCoff has a large collection of canes and walking sticks, and yours would go very nicely in the collection.

Great work.

-- Steven

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mmh

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#7 posted 04-26-2009 04:15 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments and info. I’m always open to new ideas to incorporate in my designs and marketing suggestions area always helpful. I am trying to figure out new techniques along with the multiple wood combinations and ergonomic designs. I think it will take me a few decades to exhaust them all. But, please keep those suggestions coming, as I’m curious as to what I haven’t thought of!

Firecaster: I have done an Instructable on How To Make a Fancy Cane, check out: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/12742 .

-- "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 04-26-2009 04:40 PM

Meilie,

Beautiful work!!

Every time I see someone walking with a cane I wonder if it is one of yours- or if not- Why Not!

Lew

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

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 04-26-2009 05:07 PM

WOW WOW ooooo ahhhh It’s a treat to the eye so nice great wonderful.

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#10 posted 04-26-2009 06:27 PM

WOW! you go girl!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 04-26-2009 08:53 PM

Truly a wonderful collection!

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 04-27-2009 04:13 AM

WOW

Turn about a hundred 4 inch wooden balls and you could sponsor the American League Croquet Playoffs >grin<

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 04-27-2009 05:53 AM

Fantastic collection of you talent and creativity. Congratulations and wishing all the best for you.

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

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Dan'um Style

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#14 posted 04-27-2009 10:56 PM

Really nice work … I looked on your websites but did not see any shopping carts or paypal. Do you plan on showing your prices and making the items available to purchase soon ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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mmh

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#15 posted 04-28-2009 05:22 PM

Dan: Thanks for the inquiry.

I will eventually add a shopping cart with Paypayl option, but I like having inquiries contact me directly so I can make sure they are getting the type of cane they need. If it’s a collector just liking the cane for the style, that’s not a problem, but if it’s for a person who has specific physical needs of their cane, I want to make sure they are purchasing the right size of handle and shaft for their use. This may not be the “Buy Now”, instant gratification type of marketing that most use, but it eliminates any frustration of not getting what they expect.

Canes are like shoes. They should fit right to be used right. If it doesn’t work, then a return or alteration is needed and I don’t want to deal with returns that should have been dealt with correctly in the beginning to make sure the purchase was right. The people who use canes will know what I’m aiming for and I believe they will be patient enough to deal with the specifics required for a good match to their needs. I try to do custom work within 3-6 weeks, as I realize the client is anxious to receive the cane.

I am looking for long term clients that are satisfied with the canes I create. A happy customer is a repeat customer and will advertise for you.

Meanwhile, transactions can be done quickly by contacting me and I will follow-up with correspondence and ship out readily made canes ASAP.

-- "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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