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Custom Fancy Walking Stick #063: Banksia Pod, Ziricote & Black Walnut

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Project by mmh posted 07-28-2010 11:40 PM 6817 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom walking stick made for the same client who commissioned Walking Stick #060 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22478. She can not put pressure on her wrist as needed when using a waist high cane so she uses an elevated walking stick to hang her hand from the top which eliminates the stress on her wrist. She had admired the technique used in the Banksia pod Cane #033 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/11521 and the Wood Lover’s Faberge Egg http://lumberjocks.com/projects/10450 and requested a walking stick made with the same jeweled appearance.

The Banksia pod is first shaped to fit the client’s hand which requires removing all of the exterior material that is soft and unstable. The holes house the seed pods and are quite hard. They are filled with various colors of epoxied sawdust and melted wood workers wax. Before applying the transparent colored wax I inserted aluminum foil to help illuminate the wax, similar to a cloissonne’ technique used by jewelers. This is quite time consuming as there are always air bubbles to contend with which makes having to repeat the process until it looks right. The pod is then reshaped and sanded and attached to a Black Walnut shaft that I shaped to look more organic and added a Ziricote collar and spacer. The walking stick stands some 53” tall.

Unfortunately the photos don’t show the bejeweled pod as brilliant as in person, as each angle shows different colors and the depth of the illumination that is magnified with the proper lighting. I will have to try photographing this in the natural sunlight.

UPDATE: Well, I’ve managed to take a second set of photos with additional lighting and I hope that you can get an idea of how beautiful the inlayed jeweled seed pod holes are. They are still not as vibrant in the photo as in person and the layer of CA glue I used to help prevent the wax from shattering if/when the walking stick is dropped, has created a white film which actually gives a more opalized effect to the inlayed areas.

The new owner picked this up the other day and she was quite pleased. She mentioned that the other walking stick #060 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22478 has worked for her quite well and that even her health care professional was surprised as to how well it allowed her to walk. I must say I’m pleased that my work has given the user a sense of stability and pride in using my canes and walking sticks, as I do believe that one should feel assured of themselves so they can go out and conquer the world! Or at least get through their days with a little less hassle.

For more informaiton on my work visit: www.bigstickcanes.com

Comments and inquiries welcome.

-- "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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hairy

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 12:35 AM

That’s a beautiful piece of work! I like art with a function intended. There will always be something to talk about when your client is using that.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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lew

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 01:21 AM

I think this is the first time I’ve seen you make this type of handle, Meilie.

Gorgeous Cane!

Lew

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

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 01:44 AM

WOW!!! Awesome. Beautiful work.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 03:06 AM

Isn’t that cool! Great looking design. Nice work on that, cool curves. Fun…..............

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

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 03:32 AM

Wow.That’s really different. Nice job!

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 04:53 AM

I really like this a lot, real character, and balance of design too!!! Great job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 07-29-2010 05:56 AM

Beautiful job. I like the pod and the shaping of it.

-- 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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#8 posted 07-29-2010 07:21 AM

very beautiful, nice shaping

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#9 posted 07-29-2010 07:35 AM

Wow, beautiful work!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 07-29-2010 12:37 PM

wow..totally amazing. whoda thunk it? I would love to see this one in person..it is captivating

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Jordan

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#11 posted 07-29-2010 04:09 PM

Wow, this IS beautiful! You’ve really got such an eye for these things. Looks just fine in these photos, I can’t imagine how better it could look.

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#12 posted 07-29-2010 04:12 PM

One word!! AWESOME!

I wonder could you make one those handles for a gear shift? (HEMI MOPAR MAYBE)

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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mmh

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#13 posted 07-30-2010 01:49 AM

Actually I tried to see if I could take the gear shift off of my Murano and it’s way too difficult. The guy at the dealership was all excited about it too.

-- "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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#14 posted 08-04-2010 02:27 AM

Beautiful

-- Megan

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#15 posted 08-05-2010 07:23 PM

Well, I’ve managed to take a second set of photos with additional lighting and I hope that you can get an idea of how beautiful the inlayed jeweled seed pod holes are.

-- "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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