Fancy Ladies Cane #057: Manzanita Burl, Black Walnut & Purpleheart

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Project by mmh posted 09-16-2009 05:41 AM 2152 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fancy custom ladies cane made for a smaller hand. The handle is made from extra fancy Manzanita Burl with a Black Walnut collar and a Purpleheart shaft. The Black walnut collar caught the light in such a way that it illuminated it. This was unintentional but the right angle of the cut has created an unusual effect. It’s almost electric. While working on the Purpleheart, the color seemed to fade to a grey/brown instead of the vibrant purple the wood is known for. Just overnight and with the help of the Tung/Poly finish, the wood darkened and now shows more purple.

The pattern of the Manzanita Burl held true through both sides. Usually it changes so much that the two sides rarely match as identical as this handle. I love working with Manzanita, as the wood is very fine grained and being that it is multi-directional it can be dense, yet still easy to work with. The wild grain patterns are beautiful unique and I never tire of admiring Mother Nature’s work.

This Manzanita is quite superior to some of the earlier wood I have used. It may be due to the higher humidity content in it’s environment. The burls were harvested as dead wood, being over grown by other invasive species such as the Blue Gum Eucalyptus.

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 05:47 AM

Great work Millie ,wonderful cane.

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 05:49 AM

looks great. Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 09-16-2009 06:52 AM

Looks good from here :-))

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#4 posted 09-16-2009 01:52 PM

Not only are your cane’s beautiful, They also would hurt if you hit someone with one of them.

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#5 posted 09-16-2009 02:28 PM

As usual your cane is superb. The wood is very special and the finish beautiful. Do you add a ferrul at the other end of the cane? What is the weght of such a cane?

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#6 posted 09-16-2009 03:05 PM


Another Beauty!! I really like the combination of wood in this one.


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#7 posted 09-17-2009 02:49 AM

Another great looking cane. You have some beautiful wood at your disposal.

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#8 posted 10-01-2009 02:57 PM

Thanks for all the complements!

Sharad: I only add a rubber tip, I don’t use a metal ferrul unless specified by the client. Maybe one for hiking would be required, but not for indoor or street use.

The weight of a cane of this size is about 2-3 lbs. I don’t usually weigh them, but take in consideration that some hardwoods can be heavier than others and I guide each client towards one that suits their weight/support needs and their strength capabilities so they don’t tire out.

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#9 posted 07-20-2014 03:06 PM

This cane weighs around 1.5 lbs. max.

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