Big Sturdy Cane #109: Arizona Ironwood, Cocobolo, Brazilian Ebony & Sapele

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Project by mmh posted 1365 days ago 4251 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cane has a big handle made for someone who wants a sturdy cane to lean a lot of weight on. It fits a medium to large size hand and the handle is designed to use in the reverse direction of traditional canes. The extended curved end faces outward and your palm rests on the flat, wide area directly above the shaft. This gives superior support than when leaning your weight on the long extended end. It is a very comfortable handle and allows better leverage to swing the cane shaft outwards for the next step making the whole movement very fluid.

The handle is made of Arizona ironwood which is possibly some 400+ years old. The yellow ochre base is intermingled with dark purple streaks and the top of the handle shows has a beautiful pattern from the live edge of the tree. I tried to carefully shape and sand the live edge as little as possible to keep the markings that make this a unique rustic piece. The Cocobolo and Brazilian Ebony collar gives a nice accent to the richness of the Ironwood and the Sapele shaft is a nice golden brown with some chatoyance.

Comments and Inquiries welcome.

For more information on my work visit: Big Stick Canes

You can contact me to have a custom cane made or visit: Canes Available For Sale

-- "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 1365 days ago

That’s great looking. Beautiful wood, nice lines….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 1364 days ago

Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 1364 days ago

Well another beautiful cane. I mean Beautiful!
Great work! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 1364 days ago

You sure make nice canes.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 1364 days ago

That is really nice.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 1364 days ago

Another beauty! I just love your canes….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 1364 days ago

I really like this one! Very Beautiful! You are a Master cane maker. If I ever need one, which I hope I don’t. I would definitely buy one of yours.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 1364 days ago

I love the way the handle looks….the way you can still see the pattern of the bark.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#9 posted 1364 days ago

nicely done

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#10 posted 1364 days ago

This is a nice one Meilie. Centering the users weight directly over the shaft must give a really sturdy support system.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#11 posted 1364 days ago


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

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#12 posted 1364 days ago

Nice design and a beautiful use of the woods…

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#13 posted 1364 days ago

Very nice design & wood combination.

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#14 posted 1364 days ago

Beautiful, Meilie!

Love the grain in the handle.


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

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