Extra Large & Tall Fancy Cane #077: Ziricote & Padauk

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Project by mmh posted 05-16-2010 05:07 PM 2738 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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-- "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 05-16-2010 05:14 PM

Beautiful Cane!!! One of your best. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 05:27 PM

Great looking cane.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 05:38 PM

I like the flow of the handle great job Millie

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 06:20 PM

Another beauty, Meilie!

Is the triple band, where the handle meets the shaft, a new design? I don’t remember ever seeeing you do this before. I really like it.


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

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 06:30 PM

This is an exquisite design! Really a beautiful cane.


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#6 posted 05-16-2010 07:53 PM

Gorgeous cane.

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 08:04 PM

love the look… I’ll bet it feels good in the hand

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#8 posted 05-16-2010 09:10 PM

stylized bird? Something corinthian? wow, it’s a beauty. very elegant

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 07:17 AM

That one is a real eye catcher! Nice work and design. Did you use uv protection to try to preserve the paduck color?

-- 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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#10 posted 05-17-2010 11:53 PM

I agree with Dennis, this is one of your best I’ve seen, a real beauty.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 05-18-2010 05:07 AM

Thank you for all the compliments.

Lew: I wanted to have a striped accent on the collar and I also needed additional material to create the curve I wanted. The slightly arched grain of the Padauk gave it a nice touch.

Michelletwo: I do think I was thinking of the wings of Pegasus or Mercury on this one with a touch of Boulanger.

TopamaxSurvivor: I used a finish of tung/poly (6+ coats). The Padauk does oxidize like all woods do, but it keeps a rich orange color even when it darkens. My lighting system seems to illuminate the woods even more when I get the right angle to photograph.

-- "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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