|Project by mmh||posted 02-22-2014 06:26 AM||3954 views||6 times favorited||25 comments|
This cane is made of an exquisite piece of ironwood from Arizona. There are different types of ironwood and I suspect that not only was this tree a slow growing hardwood that endured many decades of extremely high temperature and arid conditions, but also that the tree may have been partially petrified after it died. I do not know the true age of this wood, but it could be well over several hundred years old.
This wood is very dense and splintered and is usually plagued with internal cracks and voids, some that look as if the wood has burn marks along with absorbed minerals. This makes it difficult to acquire a decent size of stock to work with. I usually have to study numerous pieces and try to determine what the grain is like and if there are damage issues in the wood.
It is difficult to cut a flat, square surface in wood that is anything but flat to get the dimension of wood that you want to work with without wasting a lot of the material. Originally I was cutting this handle in a completely different direction and trimming the edge to create a flat surface so that I could joint at least two sides when I realized that I was trimming off some incredible burled grain streaked with some brilliant colors. Fortunately, the shape of this handle allowed me to revise the original cut and salvage a piece large enough to make this handle.
This is a “reversed” handle that has the user point the nose outward and lean their palm on the thicker side with their weight supported directly over the shaft. The nose can be thinner than usual and the hand can rock the handle and swing the cane shaft out forward, allowing for a more fluid motion and faster pace. Even if used for a slow pace, the movement is much swifter and less inhibiting than if the cane were held in the opposite, traditional manner of the nose pointing towards the user.
The pattern of the handle resembles Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night and the incredible colors are quite brilliant, yet very organic and is quite mesmerizing.
The collars are of ironwood, Gabon Ebony and Padauk and the shaft is made from solid Rosewood.
-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe