mailing address   BORIS PALATNIK'S ART

                                 7839 CEDAR RD.

                                 CHESTERLAND, OH 44026


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                  WALKING CANE CHOICE




Walking cane / sword cane " DRAPERY "

Walking cane / sword cane " FEATHER "

Walking cane / sword cane  " SADDLE "

Walking cane / sword cane  " COUGAR "

Walking cane / sword cane  " HORSE "

Walking cane / sword cane  " SWORDFISH "

Walking cane / sword cane  " GRIM REAPER "

Walking cane / sword cane  "HERON & SNAKE "

Walking cane / sword cane  " LILY "

Walking cane / sword cane  " GRAPES "

Walking cane / sword cane  " FROG"

Walking cane / sword cane  " BOAR "

Walking cane / sword cane  " WOLF "

Walking cane / sword cane  " ALLIGATOR "

Walking cane / sword cane  " LION"

Walking cane / sword cane  " BEAGLE "

Walking cane / sword cane  " CAT "

Walking cane / sword cane  " SKULL "

Walking cane / sword cane  " TIGER "

Walking cane / sword cane  " FOX "

Walking cane / sword cane  " PARROT "

Walking cane / sword cane  " ELEPHANT "

Walking cane / sword cane  " RAM "

Walking cane / sword cane  " PAN "

Walking cane / sword cane  " ECHO "

Walking cane / sword cane  " OWL "

Walking cane / sword cane  " BUTTERFLY "

Walking cane / sword cane  " FLYING SNAKE "

Walking cane / sword cane  " ANTLER "

Walking cane / sword cane  " SNAIL "

Walking cane / sword cane  " LIONESS "

Walking cane / sword cane  " LIONS HEAD "

Walking cane / sword cane  " DOUBLE RAM"


Hiking Staff / Sword Cane " BISON "

Hiking Staff / Sword Cane  " CAMEL "

Hiking Staff / Sword Cane " ELEPHANT "

Hiking Staff / Sword Cane " DEER "

Hiking Staff / Sword Cane " BOAR / DEER HEAD"

Hiking Staff / Sword Cane " BULL and BEAR"

Hiking Staff / Sword Cane " RHINOCEROS"

Hiking Staff / Sword Cane " CRUCIFIX "


Custom Walking cane DOG'S PORTRAIT from the photo

Custom Walking cane PORTRAIT from the photo

Custom Walking cane BEAGLE'S PORTRAIT from the photo

Custom Walking cane CAT'S PORTRAIT from the photo

Custom made Hiking Staff  " CRUCIFIX "

Custom made Hiking Staff  " BULL "

Custom made Hiking Staff  " BEAR "

Custom made Hiking Staff " Tate McKenzie "

Custom made Hiking Staff " Tommy Tenderfoot "

Custom made Hiking Staff " Boy Scout's Eagle "

Custom made Desk Clock  " CAMEL "   

Custom made Walking Cane " BUTTERFLY "

Custom made Walking Cane " OWL "

  Boris Palatnik's ART    ESTABLISHED IN 1974  

30 designs of Handmade Walking canes and Sword canes

Custom made cast Sterling Silver, Alpaca or Bronze handle on rear wood shaft.

Walking stick can be converted to the sword cane or folding walking cane.

Practical and decorative walking sticks / sword canes are a subject of canes collector interest.



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       Cast Sterling or German Silver  Walking canes designed and handmade

                                                                                                   by Boris Palatnik


IIn general somebody using a walking cane / walking stick might want not only a physical support, but some level of decorative and aesthetic values as well. That is why for many centuries the walking canes have captured the attention of artists and jewelers. Nevertheless, thinking about aesthetics of the walking cane / walking stick one should not forget about the comfort, physical stability, and security the walking cane should provide in the first place.


The comfort of the walking cane depends mainly on the handle shape. The types of the walking cane handles such as Derby, L-shape, and Crook while looking elegant are comfortable for a daily use. The knob handles are recommended for a light support and balance.

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The special property of the Derby handle, besides a comfortable hand support, is the elevated front part of the handle, which helps keep the hand from slipping. A combination of the Derby-Crook handle shapes might be very comfortable and have some added value – besides providing the stable support it allows holding the walking cane on the forearm. Anatomical handles are very comfortable for daily use but usually they look more like medical supply then decorative art. The good example of more aesthetical one combination of anatomical shape with classical such as Darby or L-shape.
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Traditional handles may be designed as a sculpture or decorated by some kind of ornament. In these cases a designer has to make sure that the handle does not loose its major properties – comfort and stability. The walking canes handles designed in the form of a sculpture or decorated by some other means very often, besides their direct use as the support during walking, are considered the art subjects and as such are often the collectors’ items.


The right balance is a very important property of the walking cane. In order to achieve the right balance the weight of the handle shall be somewhat less or equal to the weight of the shaft. For that the high-end artisan walking canes are usually equipped with a cast metal rather than a stamped (punched out) handle.

The cast metal handles have the following advantages compared with the stamped handles:

  • The wall thickness of the cast handles varies between 2 and 5 mm ( 5/64” to 3/16 “), while the stamped handles wall thickness is usually on the level of 0.3 to 0.5 mm, or approximately ten times thinner than the cast handle. This compromises the strength and reliability of the walking cane with the stamped handle.

  • Because of the thin walls of the stamped handles they are prone to dents and nicks during normal handling.

  • The cast metal technology does not limit the designer’s fantasy and ability to create complex art forms.

  • It has to be noted here that cast metal technology is much more sophisticated and time consuming, and it requires much higher skills as well.

The next subject consumer has to pay attention to is the material of the cane construction. The most popular materials used for handles are Silver and German Silver. German Silver is an alloy of 70% copper with 30% nickel and no silver. The Sterling Silver, which is an alloy of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper, is the preferred material for the handles construction because, thanks to the copper addition, it is much stronger than Pure Silver. Sometime canes might be advertised as silver handle walking canes, which might be deceiving, because this often does not mean that the handle is silver made. Instead the seller might have in mined one of the following materials:

  • Silver plated handle when a thin layer of silver is plated over some base metal or even plastic

  • Alpaca Silver, which is an alloy imitating the silver

  • German Silver, which is alloy with no silver added, etc.

Each item made of the real silver or silver alloy (like sterling silver) must have the following marks stamped out:

  • Pure Silver - ( 0.999 )

  • Sterling Silver - ( 0.925 ), (STERLING) or (SS)

  • Russian Silver - ( 0.875 )

  • Old English Silver - ( 0.800 ) etc...

It is important to know, that such materials as German Silver, Nickel Silver, Alpaca Silver are alloys only resembling the silver by the color. Unlike the pewter (another material used for the stick handles), they can be polished very well, are strong and can resemble the silver by the color. Nevertheless, these alloys do not contain any silver at all.

Above we discussed the importance of the balance and the role the handle plays in achieving it. We said that the handle must be either slightly less or equal by the weight to the shaft. Here we will discuss the role of the shaft in achieving the right balance of the walking stick. While the handle has to be close by the weight to the entire shaft, it is important that the lower end of the shaft is as light as possible.

That would provide lighter load on the forearm muscles during walking and, particularly at the moment the stick loses the contact with the ground. At the same time the upper part of the shaft should be thick enough to provide the strength. Thus, the shaft should be tapered. It would be even better if the taper starts close to the center of the shaft going to the end. This makes the walking cane not only well balanced but proportionally looking as well. Because the shaft in the main part is responsible for the strength of the cane, the material used for its construction is very important. The shaft of 7/8” diameter made of extreme woods (such as ebony, ironwood, etc.) will withstand the same load as 1 ¼” diameter cane made of a hardwood (oak, maple, etc.), and will look more elegant as well.

If the shaft is made from the hardwood it is usually painted to change the light natural color of the wood. The paint is often chips off due to the wear and tear. The extreme woods, on the other hand do not need to be painted providing beautiful natural colors. The colors the extreme woods provide are as follows:

Black color    

Ebony, African Blackwood

Dark brown color    

Ironwood, Cocobolo

Reddish brown    


The lower end of the shaft shall be furnished with a metal ferrule, which in addition to providing finished look prevents the end of the cane from splitting. It is advisable as well to have a rubber tip placed over the ferrule to prevent slipping.

The length of the Walking Cane depends on the height of the walker. I can recommend two simple methods for the stick length selection:

  • Divide the height of the user in two and add one inch

  • The length of the cane is equal to the distance from the floor to the upper end of the hand while the arm is in straight down position.



Dear Boris,

I received the walking cane you made the other day and I am pleased beyond words!

I put the walking cane handle in my hand and it seemed as though you had me in your shop

to measure my hand for the handle, it fits so well to my hand it it quite unbelievable...

you are an outstanding and wonderful artist and craftsman.

The walking cane makes me feel absolutely steady and fast when I walk...the balance is perfect.

The cane is nothing less than perfection.

I cannot thank you enough, and it was worth every cent I paid for you to craft this for me.

I would recommend you to anyone and you should be considered a fine artist.


Thank you so much, you are truly gifted. You have made my ability

to walk so much more easy, and I am proud to have your work in my hand.


   Sincerely,   Sandra L. Hacker


   Dear Boris,
have two of your walking canes (antler in sterling silver,ebony and rosewood) would love to have the stiletto - perhaps silver with a stainless steel connector.
Your walking canes are the best.
Keep0 well,


   Dear, Mr. Palatnik
    I just received my expertly crafted wolf and ebony shaft walking cane today.
    The craftmanship is exquisite, I know I'll get meany years of use and meany
    compliments from all who see it. I will recommend you MR. Palatnik to all
    who ask. Thank you again for doing such a exquisite job.
Martin Gregorich
                             Crest Hill, IL.


   My Dear Mr Palatnik~

my name is Frankie Knuckles.  I received one of your walking canes (The Egyptian Lion) from my brother, Frederick Dunson. 

    I  want you to know how thrilled I am to have it.

Your artistry and craftsmanship is absolutely exquisite.  Brilliant!  Magnificent!  And i'm so proud to own it. 

As a collector of art (on a small but, pure level), I love being able to add your walking cane to my collection. 

    i'm almost afraid to use it on a  daily basis.  But the artistry and craftsmanship is so beautiful,

    i'd be a fool to not carry it for all the world to see.

Many, many thanks.  It's nice to know that someone of your brilliance still exist in this otherwise crazy and

    sometimes ugly world we live in today.  I'll be in touch.

Frankie Knuckles

    ps~ If you have a recent picture and a bio of yourself, I would love to read and learn more about you.  Again, many thanks.


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