Tall Cane #133: Ziricote, Brazilian Ebony, Redheart & Macawood

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Project by mmh posted 06-20-2012 05:01 AM 3057 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom tall cane made for a gentleman who wanted something special in a cane and he liked the unique grain of Ziricote. When working with this wood you never know what pattern will show up (or disappear) when you whittle away to shape it. No matter how much I try to read into a raw piece of stock, the pattern is rarely what I expect as the grain can suddenly blossom into an exciting display of contrasting colors or disappear and fade with each pull of the rasp or file. For this piece I was fortunate to be able to get the shape that I needed for a comfortable grip and have the grain show it’s glory.

The handle is Ziricote and the collars are Ziricote and Redheart and the shaft is solid Macawood.

My goal is to provide a comfortable walking aid that is also sturdy and has a sense of style.

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-- "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 06-20-2012 05:30 AM

Meilie, I love the look of the Zircote on the handle, especially how the black lines make the curved areas look almost like a beetle. That must be one stout cane! All of those woods are so hard! That thing will be around forever! One of these days, I’d like to put a hand on one of your canes, just to feel what I know is perfection in ergonomics! Very nice work.

What’s the finish?

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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Tom Godfrey

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 10:58 AM

awesome. Admire your work.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 06-20-2012 11:00 AM

now this is a masculine looking cane. looks immensly sturdy & yet very “arty” (it’s early, I can’t drag up good descriptive words!!) The handle looks very comfy. Glad you are back posting.

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 12:41 PM

Hi Meilie,

I really love your canes, this one is very graceful and perfectly shaped. It makes me want to grab it and start waking with it even thou I don’t use a cane. Super workmanship, keep up the great work.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 06-20-2012 12:44 PM

Super nice combos of wood and handle design. I likes it! I’m with Greg, what’s the finish? and thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 01:28 PM

Love the grain in the handle, Meilie!

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

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#7 posted 06-20-2012 02:07 PM

That is just a wickedly high class looking handle! Great combination of woods for a masculinely elegant cane.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 06-20-2012 08:34 PM

Nice pattern!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 06-20-2012 08:58 PM

Thank you all for your comments (and support). My early pieces where coated with multiple coats of Minwax Tung Oil, and although it made the wood “POP” and very sexy, the process took days to finish, with mandatory drying between each coat and when the humidity rose, it was impossible to get a good, quick finish.

We are now trying several brands of friction wax finishes that you apply quickly for an even coat and then buff on a cotton wheel. We use a cheap lathe to hold the buffing wheel, as you have a nice strong motor that is relatively quiet and adjustable in speed.

-- "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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#10 posted 06-20-2012 09:33 PM

Beautiful cane.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 06-20-2012 10:17 PM

Exceptionally well done. The use of all those woods is simply lovely. Your client will certainly stand out in a crowd and bring you the attention that your work deserves. Great job!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#12 posted 06-21-2012 03:06 AM

A rich eligance! Beautiful work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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