|Project by mmh||posted 09-16-2009 05:41 AM||2267 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
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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