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

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Project by mmh posted 1758 days ago 2464 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 1758 days ago

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

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#2 posted 1758 days ago

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

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#3 posted 1758 days ago

As alway wonderful and beautiful Mellie

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#4 posted 1758 days ago

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 1758 days ago


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

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#6 posted 1758 days ago

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

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#7 posted 1758 days ago

Another great looking cane. Great work.

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#8 posted 1758 days ago


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


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#9 posted 1757 days ago

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 1757 days ago

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 1757 days ago

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 1757 days ago

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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