Big Tall Cane #098: Cocobolo, Purpleheart, Padauk & Brazlian Ebony

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Project by mmh posted 11-07-2010 07:47 AM 3667 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a big tall cane made by my husband, Michael and is suitable for a person over 6 ft tall and over 300 lbs. The cane user who is taller than 5’8” and weighs over 250 lbs. is not readily recognized for their needs, thus, the purpose of our canes is to provide ample support for those who need to use a cane taking in consideration their individual needs for hand size, shape or other issues such as arthritis or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome along with the users height and their weight. Each person uses a cane differently and this is also taken into consideration when designing a custom cane that will provide as much comfort and stability with a sense of style.

The hand is a complicated form that can take on many shapes so we don’t like to rush making our handles to make sure they are comfortable to support a grip of many angles and endure one’s weight upon the hand to help eliminate pinching or inadequate surfaces to hold on to. Also, custom jobs demand more patience to complete when trying to work with an individual’s needs.

When we buy shoes we make sure our toes, arches, heels, etc. are taken into consideration for fit and comfort. Our hands are as individual as our feet, yet very little is considered in their measurement and shape.

This cane has a Harrison style handle that has been designed to give a comfortable, firm grip with a finger catch to prevent the user’s hand from slipping off and give better leverage to swing the cane out when walking. The exposed tenon gives superior strength to the connection of the handle and collar piece and the shaft is also constructed for superior strength using solid hardwoods.

The handle is made from Cocobolo showing a very nice grain that is matched with a Purpleheart collar piece attached to a solid Padauk lower shaft. A small Cocobolo accent collar repeats the beautiful grain of the handle and gives a nice resting place/finger catch along the shaft. The purpleheart tenon is anchored with a wedge of Brazlian Ebony.

The handle is approximately 7.5”- 8” long, the cane is some 40+” tall and will be cut to suit the owner.

For more information on our canes visit: Big Stick Canes

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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#1 posted 11-07-2010 08:20 AM

Beautiful Cane!! I hope to one day make one for myself. For Now I use a big black metal cane.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 01:56 PM

That’s pretty. Did you turn the handle? (It looks like a multi-axis turning.)

-- Steven

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 04:20 PM

Your husband did a great job. A very nice looking cane.

-- 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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#4 posted 11-07-2010 04:24 PM

Thanks for the comments.

The handle is shaped using a bandsaw to rough cut and then various tools such as a micro plane to shape down. It can take a few hours or days, depending on one’s progress to get the right shape and size. The collars and shaft are turned on a lathe.

-- "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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#5 posted 11-07-2010 05:29 PM

Great job, a real beauty.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 05:58 PM

A beautiful cane, Meilie, but then again he learned from the Master!


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

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 06:04 PM

Beautiful Cane!!! I love the wood grain. Also, I really like the thinkness of the spindle going think to thin. Great job, Meille.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 06:22 PM

Great job! I particularly love the shapes and the wood combination. How big is the tenon and how long?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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