|Project by mmh||posted 01-16-2010 01:22 AM||4146 views||3 times favorited||16 comments|
This handle is done in a more traditional Derby style but I’ve added some heft to give a more comfortable grip. The handle is made from solid Cocobolo, the collars are Bloodwood and Brazilian ebony and the shaft of solid Bloodwood. It’s a nice sturdy cane for a tall gentleman.
I had a problem with the finish drying on the handle, as it seems that Cocobolo has a high oil content and could only absorb some of the tung/poly finish. I had four canes being finished at the same time with a variety of woods including Bloodwood, Macawood, Claro Black Walnut, Ziricote and Cocobolo. The Cocobolo would not dry to a high gloss and I had to reapply to strip off the gummy finish. The shaft and collar dried to a high gloss, but I kept them on a more satin finish so not to over accentuate the duller finish of the handle. It is actually more sensuous than the high gloss and provides a sure grip. The three other canes dried to a high gloss without incident. Another experience with the mysteries of how to finish wood.
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