Custom Fancy Cane #053: (Extra Large) Manzanita Burl & Black Walnut

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Project by mmh posted 07-10-2009 05:17 AM 2841 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The client wanted a fancy wood version of a cane she currently uses that has a very fat handle that projects a good 7 inches. I tried to match the length and girth of the old cane handle and then proceeded to add more to the size for strength and style. She wanted to place the entire width of her hand and fingers along the length of the handle, making it necessary to make it thicker to have more wood for strength. Manzanita Burl grain is tight and multi-directional which helps give it more strength.

The handle is approximately 7.5 inches long and 1 inch diameter at the smallest point. The Manzanita Burl used had a few voids and hairline cracks that I filled with epoxy & sawdust then saturated the entire piece with CA glue to stabilize. The CA glue also creates a beautiful smooth surface after sanding. The collar and shaft are both made from nicely grained Black Walnut. The different colors add a nice accent even when using the same species of wood. The imperfections of the voids in the wood give it a rustic yet modern flair. A tung/poly finish was applied.

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 05:24 AM

Awesome Cane, Meilie!!

The choice of the woods really make this a beautiful piece!


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#2 posted 07-10-2009 05:30 AM

Great work Mellie wonderful

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 05:32 AM

Mellie a great looking cane. Nice job.

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#4 posted 07-10-2009 05:45 AM

very nice .. awesome work

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#5 posted 07-10-2009 05:48 AM

Beautiful, great shape, wood and finish…....................

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#6 posted 07-10-2009 05:49 AM

WOW, what a beautiful piece. All the canes you make are beautiful. Any more out of Osage?

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#7 posted 07-10-2009 07:22 AM

Another beauty. Great looking cane.

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#8 posted 07-10-2009 02:52 PM

Another gorgeous work of art. The grain is perfectly aligned with the shape. Someone is going to have a new source of pride and self worth. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 07-10-2009 03:04 PM

Nice looking cane mmh.

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#10 posted 07-10-2009 05:26 PM

very nice, thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 07-20-2009 10:30 PM

Very Beautiful Cane. Great job

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