Stick collectors listen up! Check out these beauties! We have just taken stock of this beautiful selection of sticks completely handmade from local materials by a local stick maker.
The shanks are mostly twisty English hazel, all rare and special and some have the strangulating honeysuckle bonded in as well. The honeysuckle is the reason why the hazel shoots grew with a twist as the two plants grew together. This creates a really lovely and individual effect that is hard to find.
One stick has a blackthorn shank, again rare to find again very beautiful to behold. The colours on the blackthorn are deep, rich reds that contrast beautifully with the red deer antler handle.
Now to the handles. They are made with a part of the red deer antler known as the “antler roll”. The roll is usually used to make an upright handle for a hiking or beagling staff but this time it has been used in a horizontal position to make a cross head or T – shaped handle.
The handle and the shank both have steel rods inside to give superior strength and as usual with the handmade sticks, the shanks have been stored and dried for two years and then steam straightened. The antler handles have wooden caps on both ends. Some have English Oak, some Walnut and some Laburnum. The Laburnum is the most amazing I find. This poisonous wood has been cut, turned and polished so beautifully that ,with it’s gold and brown stripes, it resembles Tiger’s Eye stone.
These sticks are very beautiful, made very well and are both lightweight and strong. Snap one up today as there are only 8!
The beginning of 2014 sees a bit of a shake up regarding our walking stick stock. Some are brand new with some more new ones this month and next month and we have some that are now discontinued.
Among the discontinued are some of the adjustable crutch handled sticks, some collector’s canes and the hand-carved tall wooden walking sticks.
For the new ones, we have some new collectible sticks with famous people toppers, a new Fischer handled cane, two new wading staffs and Nordic walking poles.
Next month we are adding some new ferrules, new crutches, new Derby handled walking sticks, new collectible canes, new hand-carved and of course some more lovely handmade sticks.
It’s always nice to update the site with new products. It keeps things fresh and interesting and it’s amazing how the humble walking stick can vary so much!
After nearly ten years of trading (we will be celebrating our tenth year in 2015) we know more than we thought possible about walking sticks!
We have been selling traditional wooden wading staffs for a long time now and we have just added two aluminium/stainless steel models to the website.
Just like the wooden wading staffs, these new metal ones have a weighted end so that it doesn’t float off down the river when you are out fishing. There is a choice of a heavy weight (1.2kg) or medium (500g) staff depending on where you want to go fishing. The heavy weight one is designed to be used in fast moving water such as fast rivers and the medium weight is for slowing moving water or lakes.
Also like the wooden variety, these wading staffs have a Lanyard which is a releasable strap that can be wrapped around the body. An extra great feature is the nomograph which is a length to weight measure. You can measure your salmon catch by laying the fish down next to the wading stick and read off the length which gives you the weight too.
The Sharpes wading staffs are designed and made in Aberdeen, Scotland. Sharpes of Aberdeen have been selling fishing supplies since 1920 and the range includes fishing rods, fly rods, nets and tackle. They are based next door to the River Deveron which provides an excellent testing environment for all of their products.
Click on the image or the following link to buy one of these fantastic wading staffs:
You must have heard about or seen people Nordic walking somewhere near you?! It’s walking but not as we know it… You use special Nordic walking poles to work the muscles in your upper body as well as in your legs, making it a really good all-round exercise. The poles also give you support so even though it’s more of a work out than regular walking, it doesn’t feel like it as you get extra support and propulsion from the poles.
Nordic walking is pretty big. You can find lots of information, research, how to do it and how to find groups near you on the internet.
The only thing you need are some poles which you can now purchase on the website from us: Buy Nordic Walking Poles Here
Need more convincing? Read the benefits below:
Benefits to your health and body
Tones the upper and lower body together
Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
Improves overall fitness and flexibility
Reduces the pressure on the knees and other joints
Great for the Heart and Lungs ( a good cardio-respiratory work-out)
Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster than normal without feeling the effort.
Can be done anywhere – town or country, hills or no hills!
It appeals to all fitness levels and ages.
No special clothing needed
It’s very sociable;walking groups can be found all over
It is easy to learn and to keep up.
It combines exercise with being out in nature which has been proven to boost one’s general feeling of well-being.
We have just added 3 new walking canes to the website, all with famous historical figure toppers. So we now have a choice of 6 canes which celebrate the lives of historical people.
We have had a Beethoven, Mozart and Sherlock Holmes in stock for some time now and they have proven to be very popular, particularly the Sherlock Holmes character.
We have just added a Winston Churchill walking stick with a cast resin handle with a picture of Churchill on one side with the words “Sir Winston Churchill 1874 – 1965″ and a picture of a Spitfire aeroplane on the other side with the words “Battle of Britain Spitfire”.
New too is a stick celebrating the life and times of Lord Nelson. One side depicts Nelson himself with the words “Lord nelson 1758 – 1805″ and the other side has a picture of the HMS Victory ship rolling on the waves with the words “HMS Victory”
Click on the image below to read more about it or to order your stick today!
Lastly, there’s my favourite William Shakespeare with a picture of Shakespeare (well it could be but no one really knows what he looked like!) on one side with the words “William Shakespeare 1564 1616″ and a picture of the Globe theatre on the other side with “Globe Theatre Southwark London” in text.
Click on the image below to read more about it or to order your stick today!
If you have a historical figure in mind that you would like to have as a walking stick topper on a stick made especially for you then please contact us in one of the usual ways. We can source most types of handles, nothing is impossible!
We have just added another selection of handmade walking sticks to the website for Christmas. If you are looking for a walking stick as a gift for somebody this Christmas then a handmade stick is just the ticket.
As usual, this selection have all been handmade, hand-turned and hand carved to perfection and are made to last several lifetimes. We have got some unusual woods this time, including London Plane, Hawthorn, Silver Birch and twisted Birch.
There are 3 extra tall sticks for the taller person and the thumbsticks are tall too.
My favourite stick is pictured below. It’s a twisty ash stick with a twisty ash handle which in itself is a rare thing as twisty wood is becoming harder and harder to find. This stick is enormous and just screams out in Gandalf’s voice, “You shall not pass!” as it is thumped down on the ground, fantastic!
The handle unscrews at the hand turned huge brass collar to reveal a secret compartment inside the handle. This is the perfect size for keys, a whistle or money.
My other favourite is the silver birch handled stick below. The handle is in fact burred silver birch which has been hand turned on a lathe and is a woodturner’s delight. The handle is mounted on to a beautiful piece of English hawthorn which has a lovely, rich red colour.
The love, care, attention, time and brilliant workmanship are all evident in every one of the handmade walking sticks in this selection and they will all make perfect gifts that won’t disappoint. Click on any of the pictures above to go and take a look!
We have added 10 new folding walking sticks by Switch Sticks to the website. These are available to buy now and will make a lovely gift for someone special this Christmas.
Switch Sticks are an award winning company who make the most stylish folding walking sticks. The designs look great and all of the folding sticks are supplied with a rubber ferrule, a wrist strap, a carry bag and all this in a tidy, great looking box, making them great for gifts this Christmas.
Please click on the link below to browse the new range and maybe buy one.
Come and see our beautiful new handmade walking sticks on the website. These sticks are all one-of-a-kind, exceptional walking sticks that you simply will not see again. So hurry and come and have a look for Christmas. Our handmade selection make fabulous Christmas presents as they are really special.
This time we have got some fabulous twisty ash, hazel and blackthorn sticks and some great buffalo handles. The twisty shanks are very rare to find and especially the full length twisters. The twist is produced by the ivy or honeysuckle growing around the tree and causing the tree to twist. This is a lovely effect and can only be produced by time, nature and luck.
The twisty handles are very comfortable to hold as the thumb and fingers curl around with the twist. So they don’t just look great, they feel great too!
These handmade sticks are all made locally in Cambridge from local materials (apart from the buffalo horn) by an engineer and stick making hobbyist. Click on the examples below to browse the complete range of handmade walking sticks.
Make your own walking stick using the handle of your choice with our
straightened shafts or shanks. All of our new shanks are fitted with a metal
ferrule and are ready to be drilled and a handle connected.
Choose from hazel, chestnut, beech, blackthorn and maple wood shafts.
Some have the bark attached and some are turned smooth. The turned
maple and beech shafts also have brass collars already attached as well
as the metal ferrules. So, depending on whether you want to make a smart,
formal looking cane or a rustic country walking stick we have a good
selection to help you on your way.
If you want to make lots of walking sticks then take advantage of our bundle
prices. The shanks in the bundle selections have all been grown, selected
and coppiced locally (near the city of Cambridge). They have then been
stored in a dry shed for two to three years and then steam straightened and
cut. These shanks do not have metal ferrules attached, it is just the shanks
you are buying. These shanks are of excellent quality and look amazing
when the stick is finished. The stickmaker who prepares these, selects,
coppices and straightens them is an engineer and a perfectionist and he
uses the shanks to make walking sticks designed to last a lifetime, at least!
We can also source twisty hazel, blackthorn and ash shanks but these are
quite rare. The twist is caused by honeysuckle or ivy climbing around the
tree and as they grow together the honeysuckle or ivy gets thicker and
thicker and the tree beneath it becomes twistier and twistier. These shanks
look excellent on a walking stick because they are natural and amazing.
If you have any comments or suggestions or you can supply us with dried,
straightened shanks for stickmaking then please contact us via the website.
To go and have a look, please click on the following link: walking stick shanks.