|Project by mmh||posted 07-01-2010 04:20 AM||4916 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
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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