Custom Mens Cane #061: Extra Fancy Black Walnut & Maca Wood

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Project by mmh posted 10-28-2009 11:05 PM 2904 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a large handled custom cane made for a tall man with a large hand. The handle is made from fancy feathered Claro Black Walnut, using the crotch cross grain, which is not as strong as using the long grain, so I added a 6” piece of threaded 1/4” steel rod in the handle for support. The collar is also Black Walnut. The shaft is Macawood (aka: Macacauba, Trebol, Christobol) and has a deep red/orange coloration. Even though this wood is being farmed in South America, I can not find more of this particular quality of wood, so will have to hunt for another hardwood that has somewhat similar characteristics. It is has a finer grain than Padouk and is denser and heavier, so this shaft has some weight to it. The bottom diameter is 1”. The handle is approximately 8” long.

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#1 posted 10-28-2009 11:08 PM

Beautiful! I wish I needed a cane! LOL. O

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#2 posted 10-28-2009 11:12 PM

Very nice combination….the walnut has beautiful grain…another exquisite creation.

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#3 posted 10-28-2009 11:13 PM

As alway wonderful and beautiful Mellie

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#4 posted 10-28-2009 11:58 PM

A beautiful looking cane. I’ve bought Macawood from Kevin Yardley. He lives in northern Philadelphia area. He owns a company called Diamond Teak. I used to go over to his warehouse and picking up what I wanted.

His wood site

He also sells wood on ebay you might find some there.

But the wood that I bought from him is not like Paduke. Most of the pieces that I have are planed to 1” and are about30” long.

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 12:07 AM


Great design and craftsmanship, what a beauty to get to carry and use. Functional art, my favorite…...............

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

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 01:43 AM

Superb cane! I really like that piece of Walnut, both woods go very well together.

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 04:03 AM

Another great looking cane. Great work.

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#8 posted 10-29-2009 04:28 AM


I really think this is one of your best color/wood combinations.


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#9 posted 10-29-2009 12:25 PM

Great work! What fun! What is the finish on the cane? I like how you closed the open grain of that walnut. I have used TruOil gunstock finish to build a similar finish as well as multiple coats of the “Antique Oil Finish” built up on various projects. Gorgeous, great job!


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#10 posted 10-29-2009 12:46 PM

Another Beauty, Mellie!! Every one of your canes looks so inviting to just reach out and hold, like they would be supremely comfortable in the hand! Excellent Work!!

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#11 posted 10-29-2009 06:05 PM

This is one of the best canes you have made. I will love to handle such a beautiful cane. You are great Meilie.

-- “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 10-30-2009 04:38 AM

The finish is Min-Wax Tung oil. I like the tung oil and the poly helps water proof it. This is not a heavy poly formula, but it gives a nice gloss without looking too plastic coated. The pores were pretty tight here, so I didn’t have to do much but apply multiple layers and sand in between. This cane has 6 coats.

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