Walnut and Leather Forearm Crutches

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Project by rodneywt1180b posted 08-27-2018 08:14 PM 993 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were a custom request from a lady who has MS and walks with a forearm crutch. Right now she only needs one but we decided a pair would be better so they would match if she needs both in the future.

Both crutches were cut from the same board. I picked the straightest grained one I could find. The cuffs are bent laminated using epoxy and the wood is from the most figured end of the board. I used kidskin for the outer leather on the pads with thicker soft cow leather inside to pad them a little.

One shot of sewing one of the cuffs on. i didn’t trust just glue to hold them and this is the sollution I came up with.

The customer is very happy with them. This is one of my better projects to date and was a really rewarding project for me.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 08:19 PM

Very well done.

We all hope that we will never need them, but, do not know what the future will bring our way!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 08-28-2018 04:13 AM

Really nice work, Rodney. Such a humane and earnest project. I’m sure they are deeply appreciated.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 08-28-2018 01:30 PM

Those are awesome! My mother-in-law uses a forearm crutch to help her walk. She’d love something like this for “dress” occasions. Very well done!

-- Elroy

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#4 posted 08-28-2018 03:16 PM

Wow… That look absolutely amazing. Great work.


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#5 posted 08-28-2018 09:34 PM

Those are GREAT! I think you were smart to sew on the leather instead of glue, as the pads may wear out and need to be replaced and cutting the stitching would be easier than removing old glue.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 08-28-2018 10:10 PM

Actually they’re glued too (belt and suspenders). It’s not that big a deal to remove or at least get the glue flat enough to cover it again. It should be quite a while before she needs to worry about it.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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#7 posted 09-08-2018 07:35 PM

A challenging project, you did a job great with the look meets form. Well done.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#8 posted 09-08-2018 08:59 PM

Thank you. I like your work too.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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