Custom Fancy Cane #094: Ziricote & Andiroba with Freshwater Pearl

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Project by mmh posted 07-23-2010 07:27 PM 2291 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cane was commissioned by a lovely young lady who was tired of suffering with the inadequacies of the common store bought canes readily available to her. She needed a handle that did not hurt her hand, as she is quite dependant on her cane and needs to lean her full weight on it, thus the palm of her hand would hurt from the handle being too narrow.

I designed the handle for her smaller hand size, also allowing her to wrap her index finger around the front to secure her grip and made the palm area a bit wider for a more comfortable rest. The handle and collar are made from Ziricote which is a dense hardwood from Central America and has an interesting pattern. She wanted to imbed a freshwater pearl as I did in Cane #069 for an added interest, which reflects what they did in early times of embellishing their canes with jewels and design to show the owner’s sense of style and status. The shaft is made of Andiroba, a lightweight yet sturdy hardwood, so the cane will not be too heavy for her to use comfortably. It is treated with special oils which will preserve and additionally strengthen the wood over time.

I hope she enjoys using her new cane and I loved creating this for her, as it gives me great pleasure to make something not only functional but to have it used on a daily basis and help someone get through their daily needs and hopefully bring a little joy to their life with my work.

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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 07-23-2010 09:11 PM

Very nice cane. It is beautiful and I bet she enjoys it very much!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-23-2010 09:12 PM

Nice cane and even better that it is custom made to fit the user!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 02:53 AM

Another fine creation mmh! Love the color of the handle!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 04:22 AM


Another beauty. I really like the grain/colorization in the handle!


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

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 04:47 AM

Beautiful cane. Nice design. Do you have people grap a handful of playdo so that you can get their grip dimentions?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 07-24-2010 04:55 AM

I think it is so wonderful the effort you put into each one to personalize for looks and comfort. This will certainly be a beautiful accessory for her that she will enjoy displaying. I confess that I use a store bought ugly cane that is no joy to use or display. Perhaps I can learn from your example and make a cane for myself as a winter project.

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 07:04 AM

Very nice work, Meilie. The mix of exotic and native hardwoods contributes to the design.

How do you finish the bottom ends? Do you add a metal wear ring or rubber pad?

-- vicrider

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#8 posted 07-24-2010 05:46 PM

You always make a beautiful piece, very nice work. I’m sure she’ll love it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 05:48 PM

Another beauty!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 07-24-2010 05:48 PM

That’s a beauty! She’s lucky to be able to own one of your custom canes. What a treat…..........
She’ll be the envy of her cane friends….............Oh yea, there are cane friends….........;]

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

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#11 posted 07-25-2010 11:57 PM

I like this well done!

-- Dave Arizona

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