Fancy Large Cane #111: Black & White Ebony, Purpleheart, Brazilian Ebony, Freshwater Pearls

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Project by mmh posted 11-18-2010 02:08 AM 4254 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fancy large handled Derby style cane designed for a young lady who is not afraid of a little color and flair! The handle is made of Black & White Ebony (Diospyros embryopteris) and inlaid with freshwater pearls. This is similar to Cane #069 and is actually part of the same piece of wood. The original handle had a natural crack within a thick, deep black vein so I carved it to fit some freshwater pearls and epoxied it to stabilize the crack. My client wanted the same effect in her cane so I had to carve out a section to inlay the pearls. I followed the natural vein of black to make this look as natural as possible. This was my first experience with a dremel tool, another learning experience in itself.

The collar is made of Purpleheart to add a bit of color to the black and white theme. The shaft is solid Brazilian Ebony so it’s quite heavy and shaped down to 5/8” at the tip. I usually like to err on the thicker side for a shaft to insure one can support their full weight but the ebony is quite dense and heavy so this is quite a substantial cane. As requested, I added 4 freshwater pearls on each side of the cane to give a more bejewelled look.

This cane has a lot of flair considering I use natural woods.

For more information on my work visit Big Stick Canes and Canes available for Sale.
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 11-18-2010 02:16 AM

Very nice cane.

-- 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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#2 posted 11-18-2010 02:17 AM

BEAUTIFUL!! That’s super sweet….............Love the pearls…...............

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

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 02:25 AM

Super WOW!!! That is beautiful. Your best so far. Great job

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 03:34 AM

Oh My!

I think I’ll go out and break my leg just so I have an excuse to buy this one!!


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

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 04:05 AM

sorry Lew, just had a knee operation. I may beat you to it. Wonderful job!

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 05:33 AM

Your are doing some spectacular work, your wood choices are stunning.

-- Kory, Greensboro NC

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#7 posted 11-18-2010 06:28 AM

A beautiful cane. Nice job on the carving and shaping.

-- 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 11-18-2010 05:05 PM

Thanks for the compliments! I’m surprised as to how much attention the black & white ebony canes I’ve made have gotten as I find so many of the other woods to have such beautiful grain in them too. Instead of breaking a leg, maybe a pebble in one’s shoe will qualify for cane use!

-- "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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#9 posted 11-18-2010 10:08 PM

Fantastic look! I like the idea of the pearls also.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#10 posted 11-19-2010 01:21 AM

Very Beautiful! Really Nice!
I like all your canes, the black and white ebony does grab the eye.
But your wood choices are always great keep it up!

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

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#11 posted 11-20-2010 12:03 AM

Just beautiful Millie, a real winner.

-- Dan Wiggins

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