Tall Cane #118: Horse Head - Carpathian Elm, Cocobolo, Padauk & Black Walnut

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Project by mmh posted 03-20-2011 01:57 AM 5977 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tall cane with a carved horse’s head made from figured Carpathian Elm salvaged from the grounds of the University of Pennsylvania. The tree was cut and destined for firewood or mulch and the person I purchased it from salvaged some 5-6 sections of trunk. It was most fortunate, as the wood has a figure that creates a checkered pattern. It’s hard to see this in my work because of the small section of wood used, but the grain is quite rich and beautiful. The mane of the horse is also distinguished by using the sapwood that is a lighter color. The handle is ergonomic and made from a solid piece. The collar is Cocobolo and Paudauk and the shaft solid Black Walnut. The cane is approximately 40” tall and can be cut to suit.

Comments and inquiries welcome.

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 02:13 AM

Great job mmh , and salvaged wood to boot !

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 02:26 AM

I would think you would have the Penn State Alumni Association beating down your door for this one, Meilie!

Gorgeous Cane!


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

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 02:45 AM

WOW!!! Meilie, This is a wonderful looking cane. I love the horse head style of sculptural simplicity. You have made hunderds of beautiful canes. But, I think this is your best one so far!!! Super Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 02:55 AM

Nice one!! That should be a hit out west. After the boyz can’t get into the saddle anymore, they can still walk with a horse :-))

-- 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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#5 posted 03-20-2011 03:09 AM

Beautiful cane. Nice looking wood. A great design.

-- 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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#6 posted 03-20-2011 03:30 AM

Absolutly gorgous! What a really beautiful cane! A hundred fold of wows!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 03:37 AM


Nice design, beautifully accomplished. That’s some great sanding to bring out that wonderful wood. Great photos too. Fun…............................

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

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 04:09 AM

very awesome!

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 04:25 AM

Nice work Meilie! Great find on the salvaged wood.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#10 posted 03-20-2011 04:39 AM

Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. That is a beautiful carving Meilie. I’ll send you a PM.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 04:55 AM

beautiful work, your canes are works of art.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#12 posted 03-20-2011 05:09 AM

You always make such wonderful works of art meilie super cane

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#13 posted 03-20-2011 06:06 AM

Yeah, this is probably my favorite cane you’ve made so far. Just recently, I had a fellow commission a horse themed spoon and I keep putting it aside having never tried carving a horse before. I really like the style of your horse and the ‘grain of the mane’ did not go unnoticed. Very nice.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#14 posted 03-20-2011 06:52 AM

WoW! Outstanding design Meilie! Love the smooth carving, and the color combinations are just superb! I like teh B & W pegs used to secure the pieces and make them structurally sound. I do believe this is my favorite as well. I love using “fire” wood too. That really lends a story to a piece. Very nice work!

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

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#15 posted 03-20-2011 12:39 PM

wow, gal. You have stepped up your game. Great horse..gorgeous wood. (NITPICK: the grain of the wood below the horse on the shaft, catches my eye..the up/down grain vs. the across grain of the horse…maybe a different colored wood, would not be as radical a difference? NITPICK NITPICK) It is one gorgeous handle, gal. You oughta be happy with this one!

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