Custom Cane #138: Cocobolo & Honduran Rosewood Faux Twisty Stick

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Project by mmh posted 648 days ago 1970 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom cane made for a client who likes a little twist in her life! She wanted a cane that provided comfort, stability and a lot of unique character that would show off the grain of the wood. The multi-colored grain of Cocobolo appealed to her and the more subtle and finer grain of the Honduran Rosewood complimented the richness of this vibrant wood.

The shaping of the handle was made to give ample surface to rest the palm and allow more of the user’s weight to be placed without pinching the hand. The faux twisty stick technique allowed more grain pattern to show up with the constant change of angles in the wood of the shaft. She travels frequently and chose a special silver ferrel with slender rubber tip for a more sophisticated look “to walk through the streets of Paris”.

I’m sure she will get a few glances as this cane is quite organic in shape and it even looks a bit vintage with deep rich brown tones in the woods.

Comments and inquires welcome. Please visit Big Stick Canes” for more of my work.

-- "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 648 days ago

awesome work

-- Joel

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#2 posted 648 days ago

I love the way the cane shaft spirals down to a smaller ‘diameter’. Nicely done!

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

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#3 posted 648 days ago

I really like it. How in the world do you make the spirals?

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#4 posted 648 days ago

I don’t even need a cane but I want to walk around with this thing. superb work

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#5 posted 648 days ago

Nice looking cane, well done.

-- Vince

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#6 posted 648 days ago

this is quite a change (the twist!) looks interesting & quite fun.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#7 posted 648 days ago

Really wonderful, Meilie. Love your work, and have a feeling I’d love your client. But I’m with bondo, how’d you get the spirals? judging by the grain, it’s not just a badly twisted rod (though I’ve worked with enough of those) so what’s your trade secret?

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

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#8 posted 648 days ago

Wonderful work Meilie!!!
I really like this one!!
Keep it up!!!
Thanks for sharing!!

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

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#9 posted 648 days ago

That looks so great. It really makes me miss my shop

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#10 posted 648 days ago

Meilie, this is one of your best canes. I am amazed as to how you make the twist.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 648 days ago

Bet she is pleased with this one :)
realy lovely cane

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

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#12 posted 647 days ago

WOW, Meilie!

You really outdid yourself on this one. I can’t remember you ever making a cane with a spiral shaft. And that handle, well it is magnificent!

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

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#13 posted 647 days ago

Nice and elegant. I’m sure that she will get many comments.
What type of finish did you decide to apply?
Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 647 days ago

Thank you for your kind comments!

The spiral is the result of wrapping a vine around a pipe and then spraying it with a special fertilizer until it grows thick and woody.

(Ha HA! Not true, but I hope it looks like I did!)

The spirals are made by using blue painter’s tape and starting from one end of a piece of 1.5” x 1.5” x 30-36” stock, wrap the tape and gradually turn around until you get to the other end. You can shorten the turns as you go down to taper the swirls. With another piece of blue tape, start at the same end as before, but on the opposite side of the 1.5” x 1.5” square so that the tape creates a guide as it wraps down the shaft stock.

Using a 2”-1.5” diameter spindle sander, gradually sand between the taped area to create the faux twisted stick effect. Gradually twist the cane stock so that your make consistent grooves and eventually you will see the pattern form and you just follow sanding down the shaft and shaping as you go. You may need to use a 1” diameter sanding spindle if you want a tighter twist. This takes some patience and sometimes you need to stop and rest your eyes or brain as you have to Zen out while doing this so that you don’t get confused and start sanding the wrong edges. Zen out, but don’t black out! You MUST pay attention or things will go wrong and you could hurt yourself!

I used a liquid high friction polish which dries much faster than the tung oil mixture I originally used.

-- "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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#15 posted 647 days ago

I admire your skills and patience.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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