Custom Fancy Cane #076: Cocobolo, Brazilian Ebony, Purpleheart, Macawood, Rosewood & Padauk

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Project by mmh posted 04-21-2010 07:07 AM 3823 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cane with an extra large handle and a sectional shaft. I usually like to make the shaft of one solid piece of wood, but had a request to make one with a variety of colored woods. To keep the strength of the cane, each section was made with a dowel for joinery, so there is an additional 2”-4+” of wood used that you do not see.

The handle is made of Cocobolo with Brazilian Ebony spacers and Purpleheart, Macawood, Rosewood and Padauk complete the shaft. The Brazilian Ebony has a dark mustard yellow color but will oxidize in time to a dark chocolate brown/black. This is a heavy cane due to the various hardwoods and the large size and should give ample support. This was a collaboration of my husband and I, as he did the turning of each shaft piece and I did the assembly, shaping and finish. I don’t usually like using a lathe for the symmetrical look is too harsh, but I was able to shape the cane after assembly to get the subtle curves that I like in my work. I think we make a good team!

Comments and inquires welcome. Please visit for more information on my work.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 09:09 AM

Nice cane. I’ve been thinking about making one for a friend, he uses one quite often. Thanks for the idea.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 11:48 AM

Nice, very nice colors

-- Frank

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 12:50 PM

On my monitor the colors must be out of whack..I get pink & yellow shaft. But the craftwomanship looks very good. The handle is your usual amazing work.

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 01:29 PM

Very pretty cane Meilie. You are so gifted. D0 you use a lathe at all?

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

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#5 posted 04-21-2010 04:27 PM

This is one of the few canes made so far that a lathe was used. My husband assisted in this design, as we needed to make sure the shaft was sturdy enough to support the full weight of the client (over 6ft tall) and have the multiple woods as desired. It has a lot more pieces to connect, and Muphy’s Law makes each piece a challenge if not square, so this was a little tricky.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 04-21-2010 06:58 PM

Very nice, I love the mixture of all the colors.

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#7 posted 04-21-2010 07:41 PM

As usual very well done. Great wood combination.

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#8 posted 04-21-2010 07:52 PM

You keep out doing yourself Melie I love everything about it!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#9 posted 04-21-2010 09:21 PM

Wow, Meilie-

That handle just begs to be touched. I really like the satin finish on it.

Personally, I think I like the shafts made from one piece, however, that’s just me.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 03:46 AM

Another beauty! You’re very very good at this type of work!


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