Custom Walking Stick - Cane #062: Redheart & Black Walnut

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Project by mmh posted 12-04-2009 07:55 AM 3738 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cane designed to give support under the forearm to eliminate stress on the wrist and hand. The client has arthritis in the thumb and fingers and carpel tunnel syndrome in the wrist area so that it is difficult to hold on to a regular cane handle and support herself. She also has a back problem that causes her to take a dip in each step, as she is unable to hold herself up in mid-step. I thought that an arm support would enable her to lean on the cane so that her hand would not be supporting her weight and give her more stability. The thumb and fingers slide under the knob and the fingers can wrap around the front and lower portion. The knob holds the hand in place and can also be held in the palm while resting the forearm on the length of the handle. The end curve is an extra finger grip. The handle is approximately 9 inches long x 4 inches high. The redheart and black walnut are both light weight so the bulky design is still light enough to manage.

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 08:01 AM

Beautiful work! It’s nice that you can do something that impacts someone’s daily life in a good way.

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 09:04 AM

Definitely a beautiful cane. Having used a cane a bit, sounds like she would be better off with a crutch.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 04:00 PM

Actually this is kind of a hybrid of cane/crutch/walking stick. It doesn’t reach the armpit to lean on, but the forearm should have lots of support. The position is like leaning on a handrail.

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 04:14 PM

Meilie, Beautiful Piece!

With the extra long handle, did you have to do anything special to prevent the long part from breaking off? Also, from one of your previous responses, you said you do not turn you canes on a lathe. How do you get those beautifully symmetrical parts?


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#5 posted 12-04-2009 04:49 PM

Very cool design! Great job, once again.

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 05:55 PM

I Love it! The way you designed it does’nt look bulky to me . I think the design looks very cool!

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 05:58 PM

One more important leap in your cane design. This needs lot of imagination and experience in handling patients. The finish and the choice of wood is superb. Getting wood to make such a big handle in one piece must have been a little difficult.

-- “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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#8 posted 12-04-2009 06:21 PM

Awesome cane Meilie. I’ll try to get that stuff to you this weekend. My wife will be home Sunday and can help me.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 12-04-2009 06:42 PM

Meillie A great looking cane. Did you have her mold some putty to get her hand shape or was it many fittings to get it right.

A fantastic design.

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#10 posted 12-04-2009 06:54 PM

Great Job Mellie a beatiful and unque desgin supe cane

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#11 posted 12-04-2009 07:09 PM

My dad used to say “do one thing and do it well”. You have the ” do it well” part down!!!

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#12 posted 12-04-2009 09:43 PM

wonderful cane

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#13 posted 12-05-2009 01:38 AM

beautiful color and thoughtful design

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#14 posted 01-17-2010 04:34 PM

Very nice. Beautiful work. The contrasts are wonderful.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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