Custom Canes for Wounded Veterans

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Project by mmh posted 06-28-2012 08:54 PM 3990 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Big Stick Canes is our small business that we design and create custom ergonomic walking canes made for Comfort, Stability and Style. Each cane is created as a work of art that can be enjoyed to view and to use, as we take great care in creating a comfortable handle, sturdy and correct height/heft shaft and put these together with integrity of quality craftsmanship to give the user more confidence in walking with their cane.

We currently are catering to the individual who needs a cane and may be having difficulty with the store bought cane as they do not cater to the individual’s needs in height and weight issues as we do. We have been also trying to donate canes to those who have served their country and have come home with injuries and can use a cane. We would like to expand our distribution to Veterans of all wars by working with the V.A. and also to continue donating canes to those who are unable to obtain one through V.A.

This is where you can help. Please vote for BIG STICK CANES to get us recognized as a small business that means business! We want to expand our facility to mass produce custom ergonomic canes for Veterans and to be able to donate more frequently to those outside of the V.A. system.

Here’s how: Visit: and click on LOG IN & SUPPORT, then search BIG STICK CANES of Gaithersburg, MD to VOTE for us to obtain our goals. No votes, no canes for Vets, so we are depending on your support!

We also currently have discounts for Veterans and if you can not afford a cane or are outside of the VA system, you can contact me and ask to be put on our List for Donations for future distribution.

Thank you for your time, support and VOTE!

Meilie Moy-Hodnett
Big Stick Canes
Gaithersburg, MD

-- "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 06-28-2012 09:10 PM

Very nice work and cause.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 09:34 PM

what a beautiful sellection Meilie, all the best for the future plans :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 10:52 PM

What does the botton of the cane look like? Do you put a protective tip on it? Would be nice if some pics showed the entire cane. The top looks good, though. Just looks short.

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 12:08 AM

These are all gr8, and for a good cause. Keep on, keepin on. Good luck with your voting thing. hope you get enough votes

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 03:47 AM

Great work, great cause.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 12:26 PM

Thank you all for your support!

The bottom of the canes are rounded to a 3/4”-1” diameter, depending on the wood. & style of cane. A sturdy rubber tip is attached. Other tips are an option but must be specified.

-- "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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#7 posted 06-29-2012 01:42 PM

Great Job Meilie! Great cause. I simply love your work.

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

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#8 posted 07-01-2012 08:27 PM

Meilie Moy-Hodnett: Great looking products! I make sticks and canes too. Good luck with your efforts. I am curious what you use to finish your products and how you do it. It’s difficult to get a good finish on a round surface. I use a bar top two part epoxy finish on my work to get a thick looking finish. Two coats does a nice job for me. I use a sponge brush to appy the expoxy and hang canes and sticks on rack to dry. Cliff

-- Stickman Cliff

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 08:30 PM

Fantastic work Meilie and a wonderful cause.

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#10 posted 07-02-2012 01:11 PM

Meilie, you’re doing great work for a great cause. Let us know, or drop me a PM, on how the small business wroks out. Best wishes.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#11 posted 07-02-2012 03:26 PM

WE DID IT! We made the initial requirements of acquiring a minimum of 250 votes and surpassing it at 588 votes!
Thanks to all of you we can now be in the next phase of consideration by the Powers That Be - The Panelists: who will decide which 12 small businesses that have the most potential will be awarded the grants. Unfortunately we have to wait until September 15, 2012 for notification.

Again, if you know a Veteran or are one, you may contact me about our discount for Veterans for a custom cane or to be put on the List for Donations for future distribution should you be unable to afford a cane and are unable to procure a cane through the VA system.

Big Stick Canes thanks you!

-- "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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