|Forum topic by RichGreer2r||posted 03-17-2016 02:08 PM||375 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-17-2016 02:08 PM
Because of a bad stroke 2 years ago. I need to use a cane to walk. I purchased 3 canes in Bubinga, Wenge and Hazelwood. Then I started woodworking again and I made a couple of canes. One of the canes I made is incredibly comfortable. It is made with Osage Orange (Hedgewood). It has a derby style handle that I made an inch longer than normal. The handle is very smooth and it fits my big hand very nicely.
The handle is great, but I think there is another reason that it is so comfortable. It flexes a little. I’ve never measured it, but I think when I put weight on the cane, the shaft flexes about .25” and the handle can give about .25” also. I have no fear of the cane breaking and I really like the cushion that comes from the flexing.
A friend told me that Hedgewood is a preferred wood for archery bows because it is very strong and has a lot of spring.
My cane is 1” in diameter at the top and tapers steadily to .75” at the bottom. I think (by luck) I have just the right thickness for the right amount of flex.
I’ve been trying to read about cane making. I have not read anything about flex. Does anyone have some insight on this subject?
-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA