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This cane was commissioned as a birthday present for a gentleman who wanted an elegant cane with a traditional right angle "L" shaped handle. He liked the style of Cane #079 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/34051 and this is actually the sister piece of wood from that cane. I was pleased to be able to make a second version of that cane with a shaft of my creation instead of having to use a pre-existing shaft.

The handle is made of solid Black and White Ebony, the shaft solid Brazilian Ebony. The Brazilian Ebony has a deep mustard color when worked, but readily oxidizes to a nice dark chocolate brown.

You will note that there is only one side dowel instead of the usual two that are used to anchor the internal dowel steadfast to the handle & shaft. Instead of using a separate dowel to fasten the handle, I decided to make a hidden tenon from the same piece of wood. I used the band saw with a 3/4" blade to carefully cut the 1" square x 36" blank of ebony 3" from the end to mark the shoulder that the handle would rest on. I then slivered off 3" off of the long grain off the end, using the 3/4" circle I marked at the end as a visual guide for a 3/4" round tenon, being careful not to cut into the shoulder. I also used a smaller band saw with a 1/4" blade to trim off the excess wood to create a smooth, even 3" dowel (round tenon). I used the small 36" belt sander to carefully round out the tenon and then used a flat file to shape and trim any excess wood so the handle would sit square and flat. This was a pretty simple yet tricky method, as you need to take your time and be precise or you get uneven surfaces and end up spending a lot of time fixing that. It would be a lot easier if the tenon cutters readily available as drill attachments would cut a flat shoulder instead of a curved one.

After the tenon is satisfactory, I can shape the shaft round via spoke shave and/or belt sander.

For more information on my work visit www.bigstickcanes.com.

Comments and inquiries welcome.

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Its not very often that I get accused of being a gentleman so I bow ?

a fine example of how and why I promote locally grown woodsl
 

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Wow, Meilie! Another beauty!

You certainly have been busy lately!

Lew
 

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Great wood combination & craftsmanship. Well done.
 

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Once again a very fine job!

You are a a master at your craft!

That black and white ebony is just beautiful.
Very nice choice of woods.
 

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this might be my favorite cane on lumberjocks … excellent choice of material and design
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after reading your method of making the tenon, it made me think … a wood lathe with a hollow tube thru the center of the head stock with a three jaw chuck … wonder if there are any affordable specialty cane lathes? In the metal world there are bar fed machines shaped like that
 

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Beautiful piece of Black and White Ebony. And ebony shaft.

Nice looking combination.
 

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This cane has a certain 'quality' about it that makes it look timeless in spite of the striking wood grain. Sort of like it could have been made in another century. Nice lines… on the cane and in the grain.
 

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Another Masterpiece. A beautiful combination of woods. You made an excellent shaft without a lathe. The hidden tenon is also a great idea and having just one dowel leaves more of the grain of the handle for view….I am sure the customer will be excited about the results.
 
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