Custom Fancy Cane #079: Black & White Ebony

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Project by mmh posted 07-01-2010 04:20 AM 5340 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A client asked me to repair a silver handled cane that he had purchased and had broken and wanted to use the existing ebony shaft for the new cane. The handle was a hollow silver chased form that was filled with a putty of sorts then attached to the shaft by filling the neck of the silver handle with clear caulking. The tip of the shaft held a 1/2” steel rod which made the piece sturdy but also a challenge to disassemble. I really dislike repairs as it’s always hard to determine how the piece was made and working with pre-existing problems always takes longer than if you create a piece from scratch. [Creating your own problems is always easier.]

After sawing off the silver handle I was able to salvage part of the steel rod to insert into the new wooden handle. The client chose Black & White Ebony as he wanted something a little dressy and more formal. I made a short thick handle to give ample support and comfort to lean on and this allowed me to show more of the veins and pattern of this piece of ebony. Since the shaft was much smaller in diameter than I usually make, I had to figure out how to make the shaft and handle merge together without looking too awkward. I made a donut ring out of Gaboon Ebony to try and work the two together.

This is not a complete design I would have created had I been able to make the entire cane, as I would have liked to have the top of the shaft meet in a more flowing line, but it’s unique, comfortable and sturdy. It is a nice piece of ebony and I am sure the owner will enjoy it for many years.

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 04:28 AM


Excellent solution in the transition and a beautiful piece of wood for the handle!


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

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 05:15 AM

Fantastic restoration. A great looking handle and cane.

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 07:30 AM

Nice work mmh.

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 07:31 AM

Beautiful cane, great repair! I may throw my knee braces away and start using one of your canes since they look so good ;-))

-- 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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#5 posted 07-01-2010 08:03 AM

Great work Meilie. Thanks for sharing!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 09:59 AM

Beautiful work!

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 01:35 PM

I make canes, too, and the transistion between handle and shaft is always a concern.
I have succeeded in making the handle flow nicely into the shaft, but when it becomes a problem, especially when try a new design, instead of struggling, I will often make the transition point more interesting.
Celebrating the connection between the two, actually drawing attention to it makes the problem disappear.
You did a nice job on this repair.

I agree, repairs can be more difficult than making a new cane.
It’s sometimes that way with chairs, too!


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#8 posted 07-01-2010 03:18 PM

Beautiful handle! I have admired your other beautiful pieces also. I gotta ask…where do you buy the black & white ebony? That stuff looks amazing!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 06:56 PM

You did a wonderful job, and what a piece of wood for the handle, a beautiful piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 07-01-2010 07:01 PM

Here’s one source for white ebony

Pretty wood!!!


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#11 posted 07-01-2010 09:01 PM

Wow look at that grain pattern, love it!!!

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#12 posted 07-02-2010 01:54 AM

That is a beautiful handle.

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#13 posted 07-02-2010 01:56 AM

Super work

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#14 posted 07-02-2010 02:06 AM

Don, I agree with you on the collar design and if I did it again, I think I’d consider a much more stately collar, but at the time I was a bit frustrated with not making the shaft the way I usually do on my canes. I usually make the top part of the shaft about 1”-1.5” thick and this was about 3/4” diameter that I had to work with.

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#15 posted 07-02-2010 03:12 AM

exotic looking … almost reptilian

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