Stabilized Wood Walking Cane Handles
We are passionate about saving fragile or unusable wood, and are proud of our new up-cycling process which reclaims otherwise waste material such as spalted woods or highly figured woods and turns it into a durable and stunning basis for show-stopping pieces developed through traditional and nontraditional woodworking techniques.
When stabilization is complete previously soft spalted woods will sand, shine, take a high polish and buff with superior results similar to that of very dense exotic hardwoods . Stabilized spalted woods also pick up some extra weight so they have the heft and feel of dense tropical hardwoods as well. For example spalted maple has the heft, feel, and hardness, of black ebony. Also, any finish you desire can be applied.
Dry wood to be stabilized is placed in a chamber along with the stabilizing agent (resin), the wood and resin undergo a period of time under vacuum followed by a time under high pressure.
After the wood has been completely penetrated or infused with the resin the wood is then heat cured in ovens. This changes the liquid stabilizing agent into a solid. When properly done the resin penetrate the wood grain and fibers and turn into a solid giving the wood additional weight and hardness for increased durability. This helps to limit or eliminate warping, cracking and other problems that can occur with wood when used under extreme conditions.
Stabilized blanks may still may contain voids, this is normal and we fill these with epoxy or ca glue depending on the situation and after finish sanding and polishing we feel these defects only enhance these already beautiful walking cane handles.
Working with stabilized wood is a lot like using natural, non-treated woods. It can be worked using the same tools and abrasives as with natural woods. The stabilizing process will even up the hardness of the wood as well as fill in a portion of the open pores in the wood. This makes the wood easier to sand and get an even finish that will often times show off the grain patterns and figure in the wood better than the results obtained using the same procedures with natural wood.