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Mullberry Cane

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Project by leafherder posted 583 days ago 733 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another cane, this one from Mullberry, lightweight but sturdy. About 32 inches tall to the top of the shaft, handle makes it about 38 inches total. Finish is Spar Varnish, which gave the wood a yellow tint but really brought out the silky grain pattern in the wood. People think the handle looks funny until they hold it – the natural angle of the branches is remarkably comfortable to use for a cane and puts less stress on the wrist. Thanks for looking, questions, comments, and critiques are always welcome.

-- Leafherder





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WoodenFrog

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#1 posted 583 days ago

Nice! I like this as well!

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#2 posted 580 days ago

Tell us more about mullberry, fruitless from California?

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#3 posted 580 days ago

There is a very large Black Mulberry in a park a few blocks from my house, birds distribute the seeds all over the neighborhood. The trees grow very fast, most people consider them a nuisance, and I had let a few get out of control. As I was cutting one down I noticed this branch was just the right size and shape for a cane so I set it aside to dry. It dried well with only minimal checking which I was able to cut off, stripping the bark was fairly easy and shaping/sanding was a breeze. Sap wood is very pale almost white, heartwood is brown. I did not notice the silky luster until I put on the first coat of Spar Varnish – and that hooked me. I have since started cultivating the saplings using bonsai and topiary techniques to bend the wood into shapes for canes and walking sticks. The wood is lightweight but sturdy – a friend tells me that the Japanese use it for archery bows. The trees don’t set fruit for several years so I cut them down before they start, but the fruit is edible and delicious for pies, jams, etc, or to eat fresh – IF you can get it before the birds do.

-- Leafherder

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