|Project by mmh||posted 12-07-2010 02:15 AM||3920 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
This is made from an extremely gnarly piece of Arizona ironwood that had some live edge to it. The original rough piece of wood was a scrap that probably would have been tossed in a fire but I was intrigued by the extreme contour of the grain and I could see a formation of an animal head of something that could be prehistoric. It took several weeks to figure out the shape to make it work for a comfortable grip, as I didn’t want to lose too much of the interesting grain when shaping it. A lot of material came off before I finally got the grip to work comfortably for both hands. It’s quite odd looking, but it actually is quite comfortable. The teeth are formed of what’s left of the natural bark and the white area of the mouth was very soft wood so I applied CA glue to stabilize it. The collar is made of Manzanita Burl and Shedua and the shaft is very hard and dense, possibly Bubinga or Macawood, as I think this piece of lumber was mislabeled when I purchased it because it’s more blonde than red, and I have not worked with Bubinga before.
Despite it’s novel design, it’s a very sturdy and tall cane. I make all of my canes ergonomic, so they must be comfortable to hold and very sturdy to lean one’s full weight on.
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