Custom Fancy Cane #055: Claro Black Walnut Feather Crotch w/ Ebony Accents

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Project by mmh posted 08-13-2009 05:17 AM 2797 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom cane made for a gentleman’s 50th birthday present commissioned by his wife. The handle is made from extra fancy feathered Claro Black Walnut and the shaft is cut from a center crotch piece of Claro Black Walnut that also has some feathering in the grain. This is one of my most favorite woods to work with, as the grain is so unique and beautiful. Traditionally the grain of wood should be going along the length of the piece for strength. I have followed this rule with the length of the handle, although the feathering of the grain flairs out and swirls around. The shaft is cut cross-grain. Completely against tradition and theory of strength for a piece of wood, but I was determined to use the crotch of the wood for this effect.

I added an Ebony collar and spacers, as I had to drill a hole through the shaft pieces to imbed a 1/4” threaded steel rod to strengthen the shaft. Without this, the cane would be quite unstable and bend and eventually snap. I epoxied the threaded steel rod into the shaft and saturated the wood with CA glue for extra strength. It is quite stable now, and since the gentleman is of moderate weight, I could use this technique. The final cane measures 38” tall. [I would not recommend this use of grain for a very heavy person, at least not this diameter, and not without the addition of a steel rod.]

Hopefully he will not have an issue going through security at the airport, but I will warn him just in case.

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 05:19 AM

Shes a beauty MMH. The figure in the material is awsome. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 05:23 AM


Another gorgeous piece of art. Your solution to the drilling problem seems to be very effective.


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

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#3 posted 08-13-2009 05:31 AM

Cross grain is not the most stable. A nice job and the way to make it stable.

The wood is fantastic. The cane looks beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-13-2009 05:57 AM

Really beautiful cane! Nice job!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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

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#5 posted 08-13-2009 09:21 AM

This is one of your best canes and the wood and the finishing is superb.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 08-13-2009 01:54 PM

Beautiful! What else can I say. Great job on showing the beauty of the grain.

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#7 posted 08-13-2009 06:16 PM

Beautiful cane as usual Meilie, you did the right thing for sure with the xtra effort on the handle. You’re right though it sounds like you beefed it up plenty good. Nice work. m

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

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