|Project by mmh||posted 05-16-2010 05:07 PM||2248 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a more whimsical design for a larger hand, or a person with a smaller hand that likes more handle room. I wanted to see how much form I could create within the limits of the piece of wood I had to work with and still keep a simple and elegant look. The Ziricote has some nice grain pattern and the dark colors are somewhat somber but the contrast of the bright orange Padauk gives it a bit of a burst of energy to shout out at you.
Comfort: My concept of form and function demands that the handle be comfortable, stable and stylish. Therefore there are no sharp edges in the way of being a practical walking aid, somewhat limiting my designs, but I want the cane user to be able to use the cane with assurance that they will have a comfortable grip and not be compromised by a design that inhibits this need.
Stability: There is an inner dowel that joins the shaft, collar, handle and side dowels that anchor all the pieces should there be shrinkage or expansion of the wood. I use solid hardwoods and custom made pieces are created with consideration of the client’s height, weight and hand size/needs. Many of my clients are over 6 ft. tall and 250 – 350 lbs. so I must make sure the variety of woods used are adequate for their needs and the heftiness of the cane is also designed with this in mind.
Style: I believe that the cane user should not be limited to the flimsy and unattractive canes that are most common on the market place and I want the user to be proud to show off my canes and have onlookers be able to admire the beauty of the natural woods just the same. The wood techniques are quite basic, but my wood combinations and designs are yet to be exhausted. I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I’m having fun creating them.
For more information please visit: http://www.bigstickcanes.com.
Available for purchase at: http://www.etsy.com/listing/57292910/tall-large-walking-cane-item-077
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