Big Tall Custom Cane #116: Mesquite & Cherry

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Project by mmh posted 02-01-2011 01:12 AM 1753 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very tall cane with a large handle made for a gentleman who is over 6” tall. When I first met him he was using an adjustable aluminum cane that was obviously too short for his stature. He admitted that he was having back, leg, shoulder and arm pain because he had to lean over to reach and lean on it. The aluminum cane was also quite flimsy and he did not have much stability leaning his full weight on it. The height of this cane is 41” tall and the handle is approximately 6.5” long with specific curves to catch his fingers as he has limited sensation in the last two fingers from nerve damage so he can’t feel if his hand is slipping off. I created the front short end to have a groove to allow him to grip around it with his thumb and index finger and a wide palm surface so he can lean on his hand without pinching it against the handle.

The handle is made of solid blonde Mesquite and the shaft is made of solid Cherry.

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 01:33 AM

That cane is so nice I wish I had trouble walking so I could use it! Nice job!!!!!

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 04:04 AM

Simply elegant! Another wonderful piece!

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 04:05 AM

Beautiful work Meilie! LOVE the custom grip. What a uniquely ergonomic grip suited perfectly for your client. I find myself looking at canes a lot now since I know what you do. It’s surprising how many people use the ugly aluminum ones. To each his own!

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 05:32 AM

wonderful making looking great


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#5 posted 02-01-2011 02:27 PM

I think, what is cool about your work is the custom work. This one especially for a damaged hand , so the client uses it with safety & comfort. Plus it is sized just for him in height & rigidity. Your clients get what they pay for!

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 04:30 PM

mmh that cane is great. It is awesome the thougt and beauty you put into the handle. It really gives me something to shoot for.

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 04:55 PM

The collar transition from the shaft to the handle is a little different from what you usually do. Looks really nice.

Another beauty, Meilie.


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