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Forum topic by mmh posted 03-23-2013 01:25 AM 1950 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2013 01:25 AM

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Hello All,

My main interest in woodworking is creating custom ergonomic walking canes from various exotic and domestic hardwoods. One of my clients has had three such canes made for himself, as he needs one to be mobile. Unfortunately, he has had all three of them stolen. The most recent theft is Big Tall Cane #130: Lychee, Padauk & Purpleheart”". The other two were stolen from his car: Custom Fancy Cane #073: Figured Lychee & Padouk and Custom Tall Sport Cane #086: Texas Ebony & Red Osage Orange “”. I believe these where stolen in the Tennessee area, but things travel.

I am asking that if anyone has seen any of these canes to please contact me via a PM (personal message) through this website or so that I can alert my client and possible steps can be taken to retrieve them. As unlikely as this outcome may be, this posting may help, as the power of the internet and the good will of others can turn a bad situation into good.

Thank you for your time.
Meilie Moy-Hodnett
Big Stick Canes

-- "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 03-23-2013 01:29 AM

Really sorry to hear about this Meilie, I hope they can all be recovered.

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 01:33 AM

Wow, you got to love people. Stealing a cane… Hope these are located and returned.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 01:50 AM

One of the things about the internet, it really is a web. I also frequent some automotive forums, and have seen cars recovered in as little as 2 days, even 5 states away, after being stolen. The thing to do is alert as many woodworkers as possible, with good photos. The perps probably don’t need them, and will try to sell them to a pawn shop, or something. Look to the area where the theft took place, and post pictures at the pawn shops. I realize that the artistic beauty of your canes is something that the criminals have no appreciation for, and that could be their downfall.

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#4 posted 03-23-2013 01:55 AM

It would take a sorry SOB to steal a man’s walking cane!

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#5 posted 03-23-2013 02:31 AM

I follow Andys statement. It takes a damn sorry human to do that. Best wishes for recovery.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-23-2013 03:14 PM

This is a nice effort that you are making on his behalf! I hope it works! There is nothing lower than a thief.

That being said, you do beautiful work! I too must use a cane and have bookmarked your site. I will be contacting you in the future.
Good luck.

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#7 posted 03-23-2013 07:15 PM

I can understand why someone would steal a beautiful cane. If it were a plain ordinary cane, no one would bother with it. I hope the client will keep tabs on his cane in the future. At least the thief had good taste.

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#8 posted 03-23-2013 08:18 PM


If you use Firefox, Google an add-in called “Who Stole my Pictures”. If you install it, you can right click on the uploaded photos of your canes, as well as upload your own photos, and the add-in will search Google and Tineye for similar images.

This might help you find them if they show up on an online auction or crafter’s website.

Hope you find them!

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#9 posted 03-24-2013 04:06 AM

Thank you all for your comments and input. I will forward them to my client and hope that he can get some leads. It is a shame that someone would have to steal a walking aid, as they surely don’t understand how they have crippled him.

-- "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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#10 posted 03-24-2013 08:51 PM

So sorry to hear of such an atrocity. This world is full of “lunk-heads” (my term, I cleaned it up a lot). I hope you can recover them somehow.

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

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#11 posted 03-24-2013 10:23 PM

That is so sad.

I hope it works out well.

I looked at your work and I really like it. Many years ago I made a hollow cane from white Ash. That would hold 1 1/2 oz of the favorite beverage. I turned bronze plumbing fitting on a metal lathe to attack the handle to shaft, also a tip with a replaceable rubber end.

I did this for my Grandpa and was going loosing his fight with glacoma. He really liked it.

Have you considered putting a GPS chip in a cane ?

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#12 posted 03-24-2013 10:48 PM

A GPS chip isn’t a bad idea, but I’m not savvy on the cost and installation needs. If one can be imbedded without having to remove it then that would work well.

-- "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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#13 posted 03-25-2013 07:44 PM

A GPS chip might be handy if a “Silver Alert” was ever necessary.

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