Custom Tall Cane #142: Figured Macawood, Black Walnut & Cherry

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Project by mmh posted 338 days ago 1009 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom cane made for a client who is 6’1” with a large hand. He likes a large handle and gives me free range as far as design, but I try to make sure that the ergonomics and stability of the cane are primary concerns in design and fabrication. The handle is shaped to allow the thumb and fingers to find numerous comfort areas for a strong, solid grip. The finger catch allows the small finger to catch on to the end of the handle and give the user more balance while in motion and while standing.

This shape of this handle was an attempt to make a sleek, European style, reminisce of mid-century Scandinavian furniture. Made from figured Macawood, the handle will endure a good amount of stress as the wood is quite dense and has a nice solid texture similar to Padauk, but finer in grain. The color of this handle when freshly sanded is a more vivid red/orange and oxidizes to a rich, deep mahogany. The collar is made of Black walnut and the shaft of Figured Cherry. I use solid natural hardwoods and try to show their natural beauty by finishing with oil or high friction wax. These photos were taken before the final stages of a finish were applied.

Comments and inquires welcome.

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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 338 days ago

Another wonderful cane. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 338 days ago

A great looking 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 †

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#3 posted 338 days ago

Great job, love the design

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#4 posted 338 days ago

the handle reminds me of some kind of prehistoric bird head! swan? mixed with blue heron? :-)

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

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#5 posted 338 days ago

Wonderful looking cane, Meilie!

The collar seems a little “longer” on this one. Is that for extra support for the larger handle?

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

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#6 posted 338 days ago


It’s incredible what beauty can be produced from a well thought out ergonomic design. Bravo!

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#7 posted 337 days ago

This cane sounds just about right for my size….. along with my big, clumsy hands. Like Michelle, I too can see some sort of bird’s head with the handle shape. Another very nice cane!!

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

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#8 posted 337 days ago

Thank you for all of the kind comments!

The handle does look like some sort of avian creature, which is fun to see how others view my work, and also how an ergonomic design assimilates nature.

Lew: Yes, the collar is a lot longer than others I have done and the reason is to allow the diameter of the shaft to flow into the diameter of the handle. I have a tendency to create very long handles as I want to provide people who have large hands an option in a comfortable, ergonomic cane. I feel that the commonly available products on the market are inefficient for those who have special needs and I strive to fill some of these unique needs.

I love a challenge and the creation of a commonly used walking aid with unique needs has become a creative and rewarding outlet for my practical interests in making art. I have always loved creating objects and using my hands and challenging my sense of design and now I get to play in the wood pile and make beautiful things that people can actually need and use. I also get to buy lots of fun pieces of wood, although I’m being reprimanded by my husband-factor that I need to stop buying wood until we empty the basement. (Hrummph!) My comeback is that I don’t buy shoes or clothes or knick-knacks anymore, as I rather buy a really gnarly piece of wood!

-- "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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#9 posted 337 days ago

Beautiful cane. Beautiful wood combos, and design.

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#10 posted 335 days ago

It looks great. Like the well designed handle, looks comfy to hold. They should sell well. Great job!

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