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Fancy Cane #059: Extra Large Handle - Redheart & Black Walnut

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Project by mmh posted 08-15-2009 01:42 AM 1943 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a extra large handled cane made from Redheart and Black Walnut. Both woods are somewhat lightweight compared to some of the other exotic woods I use, so I kept the thick diameter in the handle and shaft for both comfort and stability. The handle is approximately 7” long x 3” tall x 1.5” thick. This cane was made to use backwards, as the shaft is closer to your body and your palm rests on the handle just above the shaft, so your weight is over the shaft, not over the extended handle area. This is a very comfortable support and more secure than if held in the opposite (traditional) position. The short end knob gives some support to your wrist/arm especially when lifting yourself from a seated position or leaning onto the cane with your weight. There is a flat area on the side of the handle for your right thumb to rest and allow better leverage than when wrapping it around.

It may look a little awkward but it works quite nicely. Current length of cane is 38.5”, cut to suit owner.

Comments and inquires welcome. Please visit http://www.bigstickcanes.com for more of my work.

-- "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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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 08-15-2009 02:13 AM

Beautiful Cane, Meilie. I think this style is one of your best. And your hand looks pretty good to. lol

-- Dennis Zongker

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mmh

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#2 posted 08-15-2009 02:29 AM

It’s my Palmolive Formula commercial shot! Now, if I can only get royalties!

-- "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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#3 posted 08-15-2009 02:36 AM

Another great looking cane Mellie

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lew

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#4 posted 08-15-2009 03:29 AM

Meilie,

Another beauty!!!

I looked at the pictures before reading your description and wondered about the hand position in the last picture. After reading, I get the idea.

Lew

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

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Rj

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#5 posted 08-15-2009 04:12 AM

Your canes are gorgeous they also look very comfortable to use!!

Is that Bloodwood or Redheart (it looks alot like redheart) the grain pattern & color plus you mention that it it light in weight leads me to believe its Redheart. I have alot of Redheart and some Bloodwood ?

Great work Meilie!

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#6 posted 08-15-2009 05:52 AM

beautiful shapes and color … this is my favorite

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#7 posted 08-15-2009 06:25 AM

well done!

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mmh

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#8 posted 08-15-2009 07:50 AM

RJ: It is Redheart. It’s much softer than Bloodwood and has a more pink/orange coloration and it oxidizes quickly. When you first cut into the wood it is a beautiful pink/red/orange and in a few weeks it starts to darken. This photo makes it look more orange. Bloodwood is much heavier and harder to work with, also much pricier. Cane #043 is made with Bloodwood. This photo also looks more orange than it should, as the wood looks more red http://lumberjocks.com/projects/12883

-- "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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#9 posted 08-15-2009 12:29 PM

Well done. Love the design and bloodwood.

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#10 posted 08-15-2009 01:30 PM

Lovely cane Meilie, just gorgeous.

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

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#11 posted 08-15-2009 08:03 PM

How much thinking goes in designing your canes! This cane with the handle made to use in a different way is very novel. The wood and finish is superb as usual.
Sharad

-- “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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#12 posted 08-23-2009 02:53 AM

Hey Meilie
Another beauty super fantastic

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