|Project by mmh||posted 10-18-2009 06:46 PM||3560 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
This is a walking stick commissioned by a lady who is currently using her son’s walking stick to support herself as she has carpel tunnel syndrome in her right wrist and can not use a cane because it puts too much pressure on her wrist. The elevated height of the walking stick allows her to hold on to the handle and hang her wrist to eliminate pressure while still supporting herself.
Since the hand is in constant motion and opens to multiple angles I made the handle area to be ergonomic and accomodate her palm and fingers in at least three different places for her to hold on for support and rest her hand to help eliminate cramping. There are some natural voids that I had to fill and two of them are done in the technique I used for the Banksia Pod handle http://lumberjocks.com/projects/11521 and Wood Lover’s Fabrege’ Egg http://www.instructables.com/id/Wood_Lovers_Faberge_Egg/ entry to add a little mystique and gem quality.
The main handle is a piece of fancy Manzanita Burl Root that is using the natural grain of the root for ultimate strength. The collar is made of Gaboon Ebony and the shaft is Purpleheart. The walking stick is 51 inches tall at the palm rest area.
Comments and inquires welcome. For more information visit: http://www.bigstickcanes.com
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