Fancy Derby Cane #097: Figured Koa, Gaboon Ebony, Cocobolo & Brazilian Ebony w/ Pearl

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Project by mmh posted 08-15-2010 06:18 AM 3672 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an extra large Derby style handle made from highly figured Koa that has some excellent chatoyance in the wood showing how the tree grew under some very stressful conditions. I love how the color of the wood ranges from light yellow/gold and turns darker and more predominant towards the heart of the tree. I believe the piece of lumber was from the bottom trunk area which must have been crushed as it emerged from the earth and had to push it’s way through heavy soil and rocks to reach the life giving sunlight.

The handle is a solid piece of Koa, allowing the natural color and grain pattern to show throughout. The collars are made of Gaboon Ebony and Cocobolo. The color and grain of the Cocobolo almost match the colors of the Koa in the lower part of the handle. The shaft is made from solid Brazilian Ebony and will eventually darken to a deep chocolate brown. I accented the upper dowel with ebony dust and the lower dowel has a freshwater pearl on each side. These two 1/4” dowels anchor the 3/4” inner dowel that holds the handle/collar/shaft together.

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 10:27 AM

this cane is beautiful

keep up the great work


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#2 posted 08-15-2010 12:48 PM

It does indeed have excellent chatoyance. A masterpiece. Great photography too..thanks for sharing this work of art

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 04:13 PM

Another stunning beauty, Meilie!!


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#5 posted 08-15-2010 05:03 PM

Beautiful Meilie.

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 05:24 PM

looks like “tigers eye”


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#7 posted 08-15-2010 05:40 PM

WOW!!! That is one beautiful Cane

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 06:46 PM

A work of art!

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

Once again another masterpiece. I love the handle design…and the woods here are spectacular…great selection and execution….Your canes are simply one of a kind and works of fine artistry.

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#10 posted 08-15-2010 08:07 PM

That cane looks great from EVERY angle. What a nice touch the pearls make. Really pretty cane!!!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#11 posted 08-16-2010 04:03 AM

Very Beautiful cane! keep them coming!

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