Sturdy Custom Ergonomic Cane #115: Rosewood, Cocobolo & Cherry

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Project by mmh posted 01-01-2011 08:46 AM 3763 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sturdy cane made with an ergonomic handle and a simple but thick shaft to provide stability and comfort for a tall large handed user. The handle is made for an easy grip but also has several finger grips so that the hand can easily catch and grab it in different angles and a large bulb area for a hand rest so one can put a lot of weight on the cane without pinching their hand. The visible tenon helps provide ultimate strength in the joinery and has a wider shoulder hidden inside the handle. The wedge is made of cocobolo to give a nice accent of color.

This was created for a friend who needed something basic but comfortable and sturdy. I had my husband who’s hand is similar in size and shape create this and hope that the new owner finds this suitable. It is a prototype for a line of canes we hope to create for a lower price point than the fancier canes we make, so it may be a simple design but the comfort and stability are still important factors for our creations.

Everyones’ hands are a different size and shape and many of us have limitations that include arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, nerve damage, etc., so the cane handle needs to be customized to suit the individual’s needs. The shaft of a cane also needs to suit the user’s height and weight needs and we try to incorporate an aesthetic value with the utilitarian, thus creating a functional piece of art.

The cane user should not have to be limited to the ugly medical device as found in the drug store or doctor’s issue of aluminum gagetry. Our goal is to create a cane worthy of the user’s physical and psychological needs, as one should have the proper equipment to walk with confidence.

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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 01-01-2011 11:06 AM

Looks good. What are you going to do? Offer half a dozen handle sizes?

-- 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 01-01-2011 04:10 PM

TopamaxSurvivor that’s a good idea. We’d probably create at least 3 different sizes and then have clients send measurements to confirm the size ordered works for them. A custom size could be made in the event the stock inventory doesn’t quite fit.

Currently our stock consists of pieces that we have made that are more one-of-a-kind or slightly similar to each other but not considered mass production pieces, so this would be one of the styles we could make as mass stock. Each cane would still be an individual handcrafted piece with slight alterations but would be much faster to produce so we could offer them much cheaper.

Eventually I hope to be able to start a non-profit organization and raise funds to give canes to the wounded veterans and low income handicapped and elderly but that is going to be quite a feat in itself, as fundraising can take a lot of time and energy away from creativity and production.

-- "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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#3 posted 01-01-2011 04:19 PM

As always, another beauty. Your artistic abilities shine through even on your “utilitarian” pieces.

As a veteran, I applaud you and your husband’s plans for distributing canes to wounded vets. I know from personal experiences, this gesture will be appreciated beyond words.


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

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 04:50 PM

Beautiful cane. Nice job on the work that you and your husband do.

-- 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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#5 posted 01-01-2011 07:26 PM

Nice work, You need to watch Antiques Roadshow, I’m a furniture builder and I try to see it every chance I can. A few weeks ago they had two hand carved canes for the early 1800’s and the man that carved them became famous and the two they had were carved 20 years apart , they could see the progress the person made over them years and what was interesting about it ,the two canes stayed together that many years. I don’t recall what they were worth, but it wasn’t pocket change.
If you keep up what your doing , you never know if you’ll become famous , because it’s usually after one has died.

Keep up the nice work..

-- Doug, Michigan,

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#6 posted 01-01-2011 09:05 PM

Meilie, awesome handle. I can see how my hand would fit around this piece. Beautiful and strong…Two characteristics I love building into my pieces as well.
As Lew said, my hat’s off to you two in your endeavor to help our American Soldiers that were wounded on behalf of you and me, the citizens of the greatest country on earth! It’s people like you who help make it the greatest! I am a U.S. Army veteran and appreciate your intentions.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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