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Extra Large Mens Fancy Cane #058: Manzanita Burl, Ebony & Osage Orange

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Project by mmh posted 08-22-2009 05:06 AM 3152 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an extra large handle measuring 8.5” long and approximately 1.25” thick at the thinnest diameter. The handle is made from extremely fine quality of Manzanita Burl that is very dense and has a beautiful swirl of grain. This burl is much superior to the previous Manzanita I have used as it is quite solid and does not have the multiple cracks and voids which have to be filled to stabilize. The collar and dowel plugs are Ebony and the shaft is Osage Orange, a very sturdy wood that can handle a lot of stress, as it will bend before it will break. Osage Orange has been used for making bows by the native American indians. The shaft is approximately 1.25+” thick on the upper area and 1” at the bottom diameter, made for a very tall and hefty person.

The handle is extra long and made to use backwards, so that the long end faces away from you, thus the short end supports your wrist and your weight is over the shaft, not along the length of the handle. It may look awkward, but it is a very comfortable and sturdy way to use this cane.

Comments and inquiries are welcome. For more of my work please visit: http://www.bigstickcanes.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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a1Jim

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#1 posted 08-22-2009 05:14 AM

Hey Meilie
This is a real stand out the manzanita is fantastic great Job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lew

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#2 posted 08-22-2009 05:21 AM

Meilie,

Another Beauty!!

The color combinations here are fantastic. The black accents really add to the striking beauty. This cane will certainly draw lots of attention.

Lew

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

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Rj

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 05:24 AM

I Really Like this one Meilie !! I have to say its one of my favorites ,I love everything about it.

Great work!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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mtnwild

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#4 posted 08-22-2009 05:35 AM

Interesting and beautiful. Great job, like this one a lot….............

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

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blackcherry

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#5 posted 08-22-2009 06:08 AM

The little apple handle is impressive, just a eye popping beauty. Thanks for sharing…Blkcherry

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Dalbergian

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#6 posted 08-22-2009 06:50 AM

Gorgeous,I love the contrast between the Osage & the Burr & the use of Ebony is quite stunning.
Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa

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hooky

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#7 posted 08-22-2009 12:02 PM

I love this cane and all the others of yours that i have seen

how many hours of sanding does it take to produce the beautiful finish that they all have

Thanks

Hooky

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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trifern

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 12:33 PM

Beautiful…as always.

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

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kolwdwrkr

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#9 posted 08-22-2009 03:52 PM

another great one, thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Innovator

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#10 posted 08-22-2009 06:06 PM

Beautiful, the wood and finish are magnificent.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Ben Kahmann

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#11 posted 08-22-2009 06:24 PM

Wonderful wood combo and finish, love it

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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Karson

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#12 posted 08-22-2009 06:29 PM

Another great looking cane. Nice job on the construction.

The wood is outstanding also.

-- 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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jockmike2

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#13 posted 08-22-2009 09:17 PM

Extra Beautiful Meilie, you sure have a knack for grace and color.

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

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#14 posted 08-22-2009 10:59 PM

Incredible! The wood looks beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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mmh

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#15 posted 08-23-2009 12:42 AM

Thanks for all the compliments.

The sanding is a major part of this, as you all know. I use both power and hand tools and the final sanding I like to do by hand because the power tools just don’t give the soft, subtle curves that I want to be seen and felt in my work. Therefore, it may take several episodes of hand sanding, as my arms, wrists and fingers start to wear out. Although all this hand work does give one some decent upper body muscle tone and I think it actually has helped ease my arthritis in my left thumb. (Arm wrestling anyone?)

I have all sorts of sanding gizmos, power and hand operated but I tend to stick with using the round 6” paper disks made for disk/belt sanders that have a peel off back. The 80, 100, 120, 220, 320 grits are all used, and my trick is to use naprene coated gloves w/ knitted backs so that I have a good grip and the glove breathes, so I can wear them for hours without sweaty palms. I peel off part of the back of the disk and stick my gloved hand to it so I can sand and not have to worry about holding it. This helps relieve some of the strain on my hands. The disk will contour to the shape of the shaft or handle, but the thick paper does inhibit the shaping, so I use the smaller (5”) paper disks for orbital sanders for the intricate curves and final sanding stage, as this is much more supple and keeps the curves subtle. These don’t stick to the glove, but they are easy to bend and hold onto.

-- "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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