Mariner's Cane - Ebonized Basswood w/ Brass Telescope Handle

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 10-23-2013 03:18 AM 2177 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This custom mariner’s cane is an Artisans of the Valley collaborative effort between Master Craftsman Stanley D. Saperstein, Dana Osterman, and Fred Eisen. The handle is of brass, fabricated by Dana with an inserted telescope. Wrapped in leather by Fred Eisen. The shaft is ebonized basswood by Stanley. The cane handle contains a telescope. – If you think you’re seeing double, you are! Props are always made in at least pairs, just in case. We made two … and there’s a third pending a showcase with a few custom nuances for Dana’s personal collection.

The piece is elegant and basic in form – custom made for Richard Gere’s “Franny” – filming in Philadelphia, PA starting in October of 2013. The stick compliments his character portraying a philanthropic, hedonistic fellow who intertwines himself into a young couple’s lives (Dokota Fanning and Theo James) to regain his sense of self. The film is directed by Andrew Renzi.

Photos of Stanley w/ the canes …

Photos of Richard Gere in this album are owned by Splash – we shared them as they include our staff, all credits are to their photographers. Links to read the full article and additional images as our source can be found at the link below.

Source: “Double take! Richard Gere looks just like Billy Connolly with wild hair and slippers… but fortunately it’s just for his new movie” By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:29 EST, 21 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:14 EST, 22 October 2013

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-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 03:38 AM

Those are awsesome

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 07:51 AM

Eric awesome job, how cool is that to have something you help create be used in a movie… Great job as always….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 10:37 AM

Very cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 11:06 AM

Great Concept and very Elegant Cane!
(Or is it an Elegant Telescope, with a built-in Monopod??)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 03:18 PM

Expect a flood of orders once that movie comes out. The steampunk fans will go nuts for it.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#6 posted 10-23-2013 04:05 PM

If I ever need a cane, I’d want one just like that.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 10-23-2013 04:48 PM


The next one we do the scope will be fully functional … Unfortunately given the timeframes on this one we had to bypass functionality to get it done. It looks cool, and slides but we had to trim the scope otherwise it would stick out way too far. We later found some options for scopes that would fit w/o cutting them down for this scale.

These are fun projects, just usually very short timeframes w/ multiple inputs and factors driving them. Now I’m curious to see the movie!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 10:41 PM

The name is Stanley…..............Stanley Bond…. :)

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

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