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Topic: Introducing: The Davis Dancing Cane
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Dec 28, 2011 04:05PM)
The latest from my workshop:

Made of select laminated balsa wood, the entire cane is handcrafted from start to finish. The head and foot are yellow pine, maintaining a light weight but affording a more sturdy contact point for accidental bumps.

Carefully and exactingly balanced, a variety of hookups may be used according to individual preference.

While the prototype was finished with the traditional black laquer and white tips, the cane can be easily customized to the user's preference. All decoration is handpainted.

If there's interest, I would consider taking custom orders starting after the first of the year.

Full cane:

[img]http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/1232/fullel.jpg[/img]

Head of cane:

[img]http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/5289/headcr.jpg[/img]

Foot of cane:

[img]http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/3919/footwx.jpg[/img]

Thoughts, comments, questions, suggestions and critiques always welcome!

Happy New Year, everyone!
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Dec 28, 2011 04:34PM)
And the cost for your time and effort?????????
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Dec 28, 2011 05:16PM)
*grin*
My production cost, or the sales cost?

I'm assuming you mean the latter.

$80 plus shipping/handling for the base model. This will include a padded carry bag, and I am tinkering with a solid box/tube for a more substantial protection. Customizations to the cane (special materials, retractable mechanism) would increase the price.
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Dec 31, 2011 08:37PM)
Looks really solid! How much does it weigh?
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Jan 1, 2012 12:24PM)
Gracious, I totally forgot to put that, didn't I? My apologies.

I get more wrapped up in the crafting than the details!

Complete stats for the stock model, stained and painted:

Weight: 2.5 ounces, or 70.87 grams
Length: 39 inches, or 99.1 cm
Circumference: 2.5 inches, or 6.5 cm
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jan 1, 2012 04:26PM)
I really like this. I wonder how I can make this into a steampunk idea, as far as presentation goes?
The gold trimming and the bejeweled adornment are nice touches. Great job Davis!
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Jan 2, 2012 02:15PM)
Yes...very nice looking! I am considering adding a dancing cane to my show at some point. I will DEFINITELY consider yours when I do!
Message: Posted by: tristanmagic (Jan 2, 2012 05:25PM)
Why matte Black?
If you use black it should be shiny (like the Creekmore cane's)but why not a lighter color...
Message: Posted by: magicians (Jan 2, 2012 06:02PM)
I had an English cane made of the laminated balsa. The cane body was also hollow with a reinforcement block at the center, head and foot only. The head of the cane was a bit more streamlined, was that a stock piece? Or can you ke it rounder?
The box is important, as I close a car door on mine as it slipped from a cardboard tube.
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Jan 2, 2012 07:40PM)
@Tristanmagic:

The matte black/white tip (as explained above) was for the prototype- I personally work against a light colored background and in this case black stands out more than a lighter color. Also, as explained above, the cane may be customized (color, ect) for the individual.

This is the stock/prototype model only. I am more than happy to paint or stain yours any way you please.

@Magicians:

In this case the body of the cane is solid balsa, it is not hollow core. This could be done (ie: for retractable gimmick). The head and foot are stock pieces, but I will be posting available variations within the next several days.

Carrying case will be either PVC or wood; I'm still experimenting.

Thanks for the interest, guys!
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jan 18, 2012 11:27AM)
Any updates as to the case or new designs?
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Jan 18, 2012 11:41AM)
Actually, you beat me to it; I was going to post an update today:

To keep costs low, production easy, and for maximum protection, I've discovered that PVC is the easiest and best carry case- padded with foam at both caps for cushioning and using a slip cover bag for the cane seems to be working well.

The box design was proving to be too unweildy and unreliable. It can certainly be done, but it adds substantial weight to the overall portability.

My supplier delayed my balsa shipment, so as soon as that comes in, I will have pictures posted of the alternate designs.
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Jan 20, 2012 05:40PM)
Balsa shipment arrived yesterday; I've begun roughing out the next two cane prototype variants.

Shaping and sanding are complete on the first of the two, second coat of stain/sealer is currently drying. For those requesting a lighter color and a natural wood finish, this will be right up your alley.

Sneak preview of work in progress:

Full length:

[img]http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/4779/full2p.jpg[/img]

Head of Cane:

[img]http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/4605/head1u.jpg[/img]

Foot of Cane:

[img]http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/8858/foot1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: magicdoctor (Jan 26, 2012 07:41PM)
Nice job
Message: Posted by: magicdoctor (Jan 26, 2012 07:45PM)
Do you have any video of cane in action?

Michael
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Jan 27, 2012 10:40PM)
Actually working on getting some up within the next week. Will have updated pics of the finished second prototype up tomorrow.