Fancy Wood Cane #038: Manzanita Burl - Potato Handle

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Project by mmh posted 11-28-2008 10:39 PM 4783 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m always on the move to incorporate new designs in my work. I have no inhibitions on traditional designs and techniques, so if it looks feasible, I’ll try it. This piece is a take off on the traditional door knob/fob style walking stick that aristocrats used in earlier days. The traditional knob handle seems to me to be too small to give much comfort to hold on to and especially to lean on with one’s full weight, so I’ve designed a handle that the palm can fully rest on while supporting your full weight. The handle is a very organic shape, contouring for your fingers to surround and grab it in several angles. Although it is heavy due to the solid Padouk shaft, it is balanced so that you can use the tips of your curled fingers to hold on to it or your whole hand. My goal is style with comfort and function. A smaller version is in mind, as this one measures 4” Long x 2” Wide x 2.5” Tall, made for a large hand.

It is made from solid Manzanita Burl and it looks like a mis-shapened potato. Thus, my Potato series, handle #1. The collar is made of Gaboon Ebony and the shaft is Padouk.

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-- "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 11-28-2008 10:56 PM

That is really pretty, and very interesting research behind it. Perhaps you ought to start considering a coffee table book of canes? Maybe even some history of canes to go along with it.


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#2 posted 11-28-2008 11:00 PM

Thank you for the flattery! I am still working on my inventory and I try to document my work, as once sold, they are gone. I’ll have to make sure my portfolio has high quality photos so maybe some day I can do just that and publish a book on unusual canes. The history of canes is quite interesting. There are a few quality books published and some are rare and pricey. I’d like to see my work as a step towards making the ugly, utilitarian cane become a stylish artistic functional piece as it once was.

-- "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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#3 posted 11-28-2008 11:53 PM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-29-2008 12:03 AM

Excellent! So many possibilities. Staying tuned for more.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 11-29-2008 03:41 AM

Nice handle, it appears to be comfortable as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 11-29-2008 04:11 AM

Neat design!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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