Custom Tall Sport Cane #086: Texas Ebony & Red Osage Orange

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Project by mmh posted 07-01-2010 07:40 AM 3584 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a left handed reverse handled cane. This cane was commissioned by a tall gentleman who wanted a lighter, sportier cane than the previous one made for him Cane #073 , so he could take walks and have a longer stride with a faster pace. He liked my reverse handle design Cane #059 that allowed one to use the handle in the opposite direction and you can lean your wrist or forearm on the short end, giving more support while putting less stress on your wrist. The idea is to hold the long end of the handle forward and swing out the cane shaft so it kicks forward along with your stride keeping time with your pace. This is for a more mobile person that is able to balance themselves at a moderate or faster pace, also making you use more of your core muscles for balance.

The handle is 9.5 inches long made of Texas Ebony. This piece of wood has some wonderful grain despite the numerous worm holes. I decided to use this wormy piece because it was still quite stable and I filled the holes with epoxied ebony dust and I liked the rustic, rugged character of the wood, thinking it appropriate for a sport cane that would be knocked around more than the usual cane. The wood was chosen for it’s durability and matched with a Red Osage Orange shaft and collar for strength and flexibility. The Red Osage is a natural discoloration of Osage Orange when a tree that has falllen is left in contact with the soil and somehow discolors through fungus, bacteria or minerals penetrating the wood with moisture. It creates a subtle wash of red tones among the bright yellow/orange wood. Eventually the bright yellow of the osage will oxidize to a caramel brown, but the lighter grains will still show as a two toned wood and the red tint will also show a darker reddish tone.

The cane stands 37” tall, bottom tip diameter is 1inch. Handle is 9.5” long x 2” high x 1.5” thick, weight is approximately 3 lbs.

Comments and inquires welcome. For more information on my work visit:

NOTE: This cane has been stolen from my client’s car. If you see this or know of it’s where abouts, please contact me so the proper action can be taken. [email protected]

-- "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 07-01-2010 08:19 AM

Very nice! I really like your domestic exotics… I’ve been trying to find Texas Ebony since I lived in Arizona… Do you have a source? I am working on some desert ironwood knobs now, a related leguminous tree. How does TE work. Very dense? Nice post!

-- Van

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 01:48 PM

Beautiful, as usual. Great looking Cane.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 02:28 PM

Great work and effective to boot. Great looking cane.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 03:04 PM

Another beauty, Meilie!

This is the first time I noticed you extended the cane shaft completely through the handle.


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

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 04:41 PM

Super work Meillie nice looking cane.


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#6 posted 07-01-2010 05:02 PM

Using found wood offers unique looks to wood not found easily in lumber yards . Insect damage can add a lot of interest to a work – great looking cane !!

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 06:53 PM

A real beauty, love your combination.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 09:23 PM

I’ve purchased several logs from BlueStingRayBoots [see his homepage:] and he milled them for me. The wood can be almost solid chocolate brown or heavily mixed with yellow gold veins that sparkle in the sunlight. I prefer the heavily yellow gold veining as it’s quite remarkable. The wood is hard and dense but not that difficult to work with, although you need power tools as your hands will get tired quickly, but I like to do a final sanding by hand to get the smooth, organic curves. It also readily takes the tung/poly finish I like to use, unlike Cocobolo or Ziricote which have uneven levels of oil that resist the finish and look motley.

I’m hoping my birthday present will be more Texas Ebony!

-- "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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#9 posted 07-01-2010 09:25 PM

Two woods that I very much enjoy (Tx ebony is my favorite among foreign and domestics combined!). Love the use of Texas Ebony for the handle and the figure and warm chocolate tones of this particular piece. Very nice work!

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#10 posted 07-02-2010 01:51 AM

Beautifully done. Very nice wood combination.

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#11 posted 07-02-2010 02:54 AM

A very nice looking cane indeed! Love the way the woods play off one another.

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#12 posted 07-02-2010 03:01 AM

Wow…another piece of eye candy. I truly enjoy seeing each project as the variety and workmanship is extraordinary…..I have turned a few canes now…and am carving the handles….but I have a ways to go to get to the artistry that your work shows….Very nice indeed.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 07-04-2010 05:27 PM

Thank you for all the compliments. One part of my designs is trying to figure out how to use as much of the natural grain of the wood to show off it’s inner beauty and still incorporate a comfortable, ergonomic design. I’ll turn a piece around and around until I can get a good start on the technical needs and then I can start shaping a piece to see how it works. Precut pieces of stock don’t have so many options but this limitation can also eliminate the dilemma.

-- "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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