This Curly Hawaiian Koa Handled Cane is a true work of love. Koa wood is not as hard as a lot of people think and does not make a very good strong cane shaft as it tends to snap along grain lines and choosing the proper grain becomes a challenge.. Top cane makers usually use shafts from the Ebony or Rosewood families for their cane shafts. There are a lot of other good strong wood with straight grain patterns that make good shafts also such as Oak, Ipe, Maple and Mahogany just to name a few.
I matched this Curly Koa Handle I made out of two pieces of 3/8" Curly Hawaiian Koa and a center piece of Indian Rosewood for lamination strength with a shaft of Costa Rican Cocobolo Rosewood (Dalbergia retusa) . This Cocobolo is grown in cultured plantations to sustain the resource. Cocobolo is a reddish- orange color when freshly cut and turns to a darker reddish brown color as it ages.
This cane is currently 34 1/4" but can be cut to a shorter length if desired. Shaft is turned on a lathe. The handle is 5" long and about 1" in diameter and made of two pieces of Hawaiian Curly Koa laminated with a piece of Rosewood for strength.
NOTE: When finishing this cane I noted some Spalting on the left side of the handle and when I finished it I decided to discount this cane from my original price range of $ 280 to $ 300 for this type cane. You can see some darker spots in the second picture above. Feel free to ask questions if you are concerned.
The connection between the shaft and the handle is very important as extreme stress is put on the joint and is the major point of failure in cane construction. After years of experimenting with different methods of mounting the handles I have decided that the threaded rod connection makes the strongest connection possible. I use a 3/8 x 16 threaded steel rod to connect the two pieces. I first tap the handle hole and the shaft hole to the desired depth and then use epoxy to combine the handle to the shaft. I also use a 3/16" thick Solid Brass "washer' as a grain directional break which also accentuates the joint. This Solid Brass washer is one inch in diameter and has a 3/8" hole through the center where the threaded rod passes through.
I don't use the brass tips for safety reasons as the rubber tips I get better grip the sidewalks and won't slip as easily as brass tips will. They also have a steel washer inside the rubber tip for longer wear and safety.
I am constantly making and finishing canes and I am sure I have something that you might be interested in. Feel free to contact me about a special cane that you might want.
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I guarantee all of my canes for my lifetime and if you are not happy with the cane I will take it back for any reason. Unfortunately I am over 70 so my guarantee may expire at any time !!
Excess shipping will be refunded after I know the actual cost and all canes are shipped US Priority Mail.
Feel free to ask any questions that you might have.
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Shipping from United States
At the present time I only ship to the USA due to negative Customs experiences I have had in the past.
I ship either US Priority Mail or US First Class mail depending upon the items weight. I try to ship the same day but because of my location in Hawaii your package will usually ship the following day as long as it is not a Sunday or Holiday.
I have a very liberal Return Policy in that you can return anything you want for any reason by notifying me within five days that you want to make a return.
I will refund your money for the product upon receipt of the product back. Shipping fees to return product will be at customers expense. Items may be returned up to 30 days after receipt by customer and notification to me of intent to return product.
A 10% Restocking Fee may apply for certain items.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why don't you ship outside of the USA ?
I will consider and have shipped to other Countries but only after we agree on prices and shipping. This must be done through the Convo system here on Etsy and is not available for all items due to the weight and shipping restrictions on some of my items.
I will however ship to friends or relatives of customers who are located in the USA and then they can make shipping arrangements to the customers location overseas.