|Project by mmh||posted 09-28-2013 03:44 AM||2004 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
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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