Fancy Custom Tall Cane #089: Fancy Manzanita, Brazilian Ebony & Padauk - Larsen Handle

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Project by mmh posted 09-09-2010 01:28 AM 2534 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tall cane that was originally designed for a client who holds his cane using only his thumb, index and middle fingers as his last two fingers can not readily open and move without causing great pain. The style is the Larsen handle as posted earlier: and this version is ambidextrous as opposed to the original which was custom made for left handed use.

The dip in the handle holds the palm/web of your hand and the thumb and index fingers wrap around the base of the front knob that also cradles and catches your hand so it does not slip forward. You can apply your whole weight on this handle as it has a wide girth for a comfortable grip. The back end tapers and has a shallow finger catch for the baby finger, giving additional balance to your grip as you swing the cane forward while you step.

The handle is made of solid extra fancy Manzanita Burl that has an extremely tight and clean grain. The collar is of Brazilian Ebony and will eventually oxidize to a chocolate brown. The shaft is solid Padauk and shaped in an organic form to follow the design of the handle. The handle measures approximately 6” Long x 3” High x 1.5” Wide. The cane is 37.5” tall and will be cut to suit.

FYI: This cane is designed to be used at a lower height, with your elbow at your side and your forearm forward at a 10-15 degree angle instead of a 45 degree angle as the traditional cane is used.

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 01:30 AM

Cool! As usual, very beautiful and interesting…...................

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

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 01:45 AM

Really nice mmh , are the wooden pins made of Brazilian Ebony aswell ?

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 02:07 AM

Gorgeous Cane, Meilie!

Your ability to match your canes to your clients needs is extraordinary.


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

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 06:00 AM

So beautiful Meilie , one of your most unique and beautiful canes you’ve made. Love the color in this wood.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 01:41 PM

There’s a lot of sanding in that knob, huh? Do you often find little voids in the burls that you have to fill? I’d love to be able to get the much depth and clarity in my manzanita work- 1000 grit and buffed?

-- Steven

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 02:56 PM

StevenAntonucci: I like the organic curves that do demand a lot of hand sanding, even after using various power tools for the basic shaping. I use the bandsaw to do the rough shape, then a coarse 24-36 grit belt sander, then micro planers, rasps, spindle sander, etc., all to get the shapes I want/need.

When I get down to the shape I like I start filling in the voids with epoxy/sawdust and then sand down smooth. I only go down to a 220 grit as the finish would not penetrate if too smooth. If there are still pits/dimples that bother me I can coat the whole thing with CA glue and this will sand down to a very smooth surface that protects and strengthens the wood and also allows the tung/poly finish to penetrate and show the grain. (NOTE: You MUST have good ventilation and a respirator or mask when applying the liquid CA glue and when sanding. I get flu like symptoms the following day if I fail to do so.)

One could use higher grit sanding to get a glassy finish, but since these are usable pieces that will be worn down by daily use and “Ooopsies”, I prefer to protect the wood and let it go at that. You can always resand a piece if dented that badly, and the tung/poly or wax treatments don’t clog the sand paper like pure polyurethane would. I do use a magnified lamp to see if I’ve gotten all the tool marks out and will sand to no end, but then the reality of a cane hitting the floor or other object is destiny, unless of course it’s hanging on the wall for display only ~

-- "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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#7 posted 09-09-2010 10:00 PM

Meilie, Very beautiful and unique cane! Very nice work.

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

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