Ebony and Ivory cane

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Project by RichGreer2r posted 03-08-2016 04:09 PM 1214 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You will note that my first 2 postings are canes. I can/will do other things.

Since I need a cane to walk, I’m very “cane aware”.

I enjoyed my last cane very much and started to think of another. In my inventory of exotic woods I discovered that I had the material for an black and white ebony shaft and a pink ivory handle. Why not? I have an ebony and ivory cane. I feel like singing.

I turned the shaft on the lathe and I did not have a steady rest. That was hard. At 3/4” to 7/8” I had some flex to deal with. I gave up on my spindle gouge early and used my “60 grit scraper” to finish the shaping. FYI – I have purchased a steady rest for the next cane.

The handle is a fritz style, but mine is longer than typical for my larger than normal hand.

I’m very happy with this result. I’m considering making more canes to sell on ETSY. Does anyone have experience with them and/or advice regarding them?

The pictures are not great. The shaft looks like it is solid black. A better picture would show the black and brown pattern in the shaft. I will definitely need better pictures for ETSY.

5 coats of polyurethane finished the job.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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Dave Dufour

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 07:41 PM

Good Job.
You right if you go on Etsy you need to have better picture.
A woodworker will see beyond the poor photography but the general public will not

Etsy is a good place to sell, I sell there.
And I do pretty good there.
Once you log in they explain everything, and if you have trouble there good at helping you out.
They charge 0.20 for each photo you upload and I believe it’s 3.5% when you sell something.
Then deposit the money into your bank.
I would give them 5 stars, personally.

Hope this helps.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 11:48 PM

Great job and welcome to Lumberjocks. Always happy to meet another cane maker. I have never tried Etsy so can’t help you there, I did try the craft show thing once without success. There are several “Locally Crafted” type consignment shops that have opened in my area recently and I have a friend who does quite well there so I am considering that. Best of luck with your future business dealings.


-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 12:51 AM

Rich, That is a beautiful job with some outstanding woods. I had a “mini stroke” (TIA) yesterday so can understand a tiny bit of your ordeal. Keep on keepin on.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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