A very nice video showing all of the benefits and designs brought to you by Switch Sticks walking sticks.
Besides the newly finished ram’s horn and buffalo sticks, we have added twelve other walking sticks to the site this month.
We have got four special thumbsticks, some unusual handmade sticks, two collector’s canes and three orthopaedic handled walking sticks.
They all fill in gaps in the collections. For example, there is a new Fischer handled black height adjustable stick that is neither folding nor wooden, but aluminum and height adjusting. This is generally what we like to do, offer as many different variations as possible to try and please everybody!
The other Fischer handled stick is also aluminium and height adjusting with a wood effect, textured handle. The black one also has a textured handle for a better grip.
The four thumbsticks include; one rare one-piece blackthorn wood thumbstick, two twisty hazels and one very long thumbstick – either for someone very tall or it can be shortened to any height required. The blackthorn one has a very dark purple/black bark and is a fine specimen.
Of the two other handmade sticks, we have a short market stick and an antler roll handled stick with a leather lanyard. Both of these sticks will be exactly what somebody is looking for.
Another orthopaedic cane is the exra tall (102cm) long wooden canes with shaped left and right amber effect handles. We got these canes in by request from a customer who wanted more choice in the extra long section.
The new blackthorn Derby cane with Derby style wooden handle, replaces the soon to be discontinued 37J blackthorn Derby. We still have a few left in stock so snap them up quick if that’s the stick you really want.
For the two new collector’s canes, we have got a Henry VIII and a Duke of Wellington.
We also have just one 83cm blackthorn knobstick, the handle of which has been carved from a large block or blank as they call it in the trade. This could be used as a short knob stick or it could be shortened and used as a shillelagh as the handle is quite large (6 x 7cm).
Our buffalo horn and ram’s horn handled sticks are now back on the website again, but this time they are on apple wood instead of hazel. These two sticks have been very popular over the years but the raw material, particularly the ram’s horn, is sometimes difficult for the stick makers to source, hence the inconsistencies of availability on Walking Sticks Online.
We are pleased to announce the new stock of sticks this month. These sticks are all handmade from start to finish and the handles are mounted on to apple wood shanks. The shanks are coppiced, dried for two years and then steam straightened to produce excellent sticks with a reassuring bounce in the shaft.
The ram’s horn handles are formed over a long period of time by heating, bending and compressing the horn until it forms the desired shape and density. The handles are finished by oiling and polishing until they shine. Working with horn is a very time-consuming process to get the best effects from the horn. It starts out so dull and unappealing and finishes up looking wonderful.
We have three other ram’s horn sticks available to buy on the website and from time to time we have other one-of-a-kind handmade buffalo and ram’s horn sticks for sale. We work closely with several talented stick makers and we are always on the look out for more. If you make sticks or you know someone that does, please contact us and we will see if we can work together.
We have just recently replaced the brass and steel ferrules (order codes 2205 and 2204) with a new type, the H type ferrule. These ferrules are taller and have a thick 4mm base. They taper more than the other ferrules, so when you fit one to the end of your walking stick, you will need to taper the end of the cane for a snug fit.
The H metal ferrule is available in the following (outside diameter of the open end) sizes:
10mm, 12mm, 15mm, 16mm, 17.5mm, 18.5mm, 19.5mm, 20.5mm, 21.5mm, 22.5mm, 23.5mm, 25mm
Please read the article below on how to fit a metal ferrule to your walking stick.
How to fit a metal ferrule on to your walking stick
First of all select a metal ferrule (usually brass or steel) with a diameter that is the same or a millimetre or two less than the diameter of the stick shank at the tip.
Then measure the depth of the ferrule (with your finger or a pen) and then mark the tip of the stick to the same depth.
Next score a line around the tip of the stick with a stanley knife. This line marks where the metal ferrule will come up to. Basically, you want to attach the ferrule so that the outside rim of it is flush with the stick.
Using your stanley knife, cutting away from you and your other hand, cut away from the score line to the tip. You are creating a tapered tip so that the ferrule will fit over perfectly.
Keep going all the way around the tip and stop from time to time to see if the ferrule will fit over it. Try and keep the scored line nice and neat and as straight as possible. You are aiming for a tight fit to prevent the ferrule from falling off the end.
When the ferrule will fit over the tapered tip (quite tightly) it is time to mix together the two parts of the epoxy resin glue. You can also use ordinary super glue.
Apply the glue to the tip and to the inside of your ferrule and then push the ferrule on it. Give the stick a tap on the floor a few times to make sure the ferrule is securely attached. Then leave to dry for 5 minutes.
You can also pinch on the ferrule by hammering a nail into the sides of the ferrule or crimp it in a vice, but you don’t have to.
Spring marks the start of the walking season for ramblers, hikers and hill walkers. For Walking Sticks Online, its the time of year we sell lots of hiking sticks and poles, seat sticks, thumbsticks and other country sticks.
Walking and walking in a group is very good for you. Apart form the obvious health benefits of walking, joining a local group brings the other bonuses of friends and something to do practically everyday of the year, even Christmas and Boxing Day. If you have moved to a new area or you are feeling lonely, join a walking group!
We offer various different sticks to make walking in the country a bit easier and we sell specialised sticks for specific activities.
Aluminium hiking poles are usually bought in pairs and can be adjusted in height to be used like tall Nordic walking poles or short to aid hill climbing. Hiking poles provide balance when walking on flat surfaces, uphill, downhill and making your way across a hill and a whole host of other practical uses while out walking.
Wooden walking poles and thumbsticks provide balance and something to lean on, soon becoming a much loved companion wherever you go.
The other big event in Spring is of course Mother’s Day, with the floral and patterned walking sticks selling like hot cakes!
Pantone has these greens for Spring 2017;
PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery
Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
PANTONE 18-0107 Kale
Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.
We have several green walking sticks for sale on the website including Derby canes, fold-able sticks and height adjustable sticks.
From the natural wooden section, ash wood has the greenest bark, sometimes quite a rich green.
Ash trees have been under threat in Britain over the last few years due to the Calara dieback disease known as Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. This fungus causes the death of ash trees. It first came to Britain in 2012 and a lot of work has been done since then to monitor the disease, carry out research and reduce the impact to save as many ash trees as possible. The disease doesn’t look as devastating as the Dutch Elm disease, with older ash trees showing some resistance.
We hope the disease can be beaten as ash wood makes such lovely walking sticks.
Pantone (the colour experts) have two pinks listed in their Fashion Colour Report for Spring 2017;
PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood
Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.
PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow
Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.
Pale Dogwood is a very pale, dusty, woody pink and Pink Yarrow is like a dark fuschia. We have a few walking sticks to choose from in these colours. The metallic dusky pink Derby cane (order code 4640a) matches the Pale Dogwood colour (see below, click to go to the page)
and the Switch Sticks Folding Walking Stick with Pink and Red Leaf Design is just like the Pink Yarrow.
We also have some pink floral and other pinky patterned folding and height adjustable sticks available now too.
Your mum will love one of our folding handbag walking sticks this Mother’s Day. We have a large selection of different designs to suit all tastes. Choose from pretty florals or polka dots to cool stripes and modern designs. A folding stick is a perfect “spare” stick to keep in a handbag or in the car to use on the hoof.
With a stock of over 900 different sticks, its not just folding sticks to choose from.
We have ladies Derby handled walking canes with wooden shafts or aluminium height adjustable ones. These are also available in some great designs. Tartans, florals, butterflies and more.
Height adjustable sticks are a good choice if you are unsure of the correct height needed and they are a good spare stick to have around.
Crutch canes and collectible sticks are other good sellers. If your mum loves owls for example, we have 3 different owl sticks to choose from. Crutch canes are like Derby canes, only the handle is a little smaller and shorter.
Or maybe Swarovski walking sticks would go down well. We have a large selection of these too! Each cane has an arrangement of crystals on the shaft or handle or both! Everybody likes a bit of bling now and then.
We carry our own stock and 95% of orders are despatched the same day for delivery in one to two days. Please call or email us if you have any questions or request a printed catalogue through the website for you or your mum to browse through at your/her leisure.
It’s funny how Mother’s Day has become another event on the British retail calendar when it started out so differently. Mother’s Day used to be a celebration where Christians would make their way to the biggest church to give thanks, so nothing to do with mothers!
Have you started noticing the rabbits hopping about already? The usually crowd at the roundabout have appeared again in my village and the sun’s out! Daffodils are EVERYWHERE and it’s definitely Spring, hurrah!
To help celebrate Springtime we have some rabbit motif goods for you at some special Spring sale prices. This offer applies until the end of March whne some prices will be increased unfortunately (only because our suppliers have and we have to make a living!).
To got the discount, please enter code 20percent in the promotional code box at the checkout and click “apply” and you will see the amount deducted before you finish the purchase.
Our beautiful purple and white umbrella stick with 8 lovely rabbit silhouettes, one on each panel. For March only £20 instead of £25. You can use it as a rain umbrella (beware lots of admiring comments and attention!) or as a walking stick with it’s crook handle and metal tip.
Then there’s our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party rabbit topper walking cane on black painted shaft, usual price £33, this month only £26.40. The rabbit head topper is made from resin and painted white and the shaft is made from a hard wood, straight as anything and painted black. Complete with collar and metal ferrule, this is an excellent stick for the collection.
We also have a brown resin rabbit topper cane on brown wooden shaft. This one has a rubber ferrule and brass collar and costs just £41.60 this month instead of the normal £52.
So what’s the difference between a Hare and a Rabbit I hear you ask? Well, apart fron being different species, here are a few differences;
Hares are generally larger and faster than rabbits.
Hares have longer ears and larger feet than rabbits.
Hares have black markings on their fur.
Rabbits are altricial i.e. their young are born blind and hairless. In contrast, hares are generally born with hair and are able to see (precocial). Young hares are therefore able to fend for themselves very quickly after birth.
A young hare is called a leveret and a young rabbit is called a kitten, kit, or, least correct but very commonly, a bunny.
Hares have very long and strong hind legs, more so than rabbits.
Rabbits and hares both molt and then grow new hair. This happens in both spring and in fall. Rabbit’s brown summer fur is replaced with fur that is more grey. Hares, especially those living in cold, snowy regions, turn white in the winter.
Hunters say that hare has a much stronger, gamier flavor than rabbit (which actually does taste like a milder version of chicken).
Both rabbits and hares have short tails.
Comparison of Lifestyle and Behavior
Hares have not been domesticated, while rabbits are often kept as house pets.
All rabbits (except the cottontail rabbit) live underground in burrows or warrens, while hares live in simple nests above the ground (as does the cottontail rabbit). Rabbits also have their litters underground. Hares rely on running rather than burrowing for protection.
Rabbits are very social animals and live in colonies. Male rabbits even fight within a group to become the dominant male. The dominant male rabbit then mates with most of the females in the area. On the other hand, hares live most of the time by themselves. They come together in pairs for mating only. There is almost no fighting among hares – they just pair off.
Rabbits prefer soft stems, grass or vegetables. Hares eat more hard food: bark and rind, buds, small twigs and shoots.
Looking for a particular walking stick, at a particular height with a particular ferrule? Then look no further.. At www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk we can modify any of the sticks we supply in-house (usually the same day) and send it out to you just as you wanted it.
For instance, most of the wooden hiking poles have plain, flat metal ferrules but we can change this for a spiked ferrule if you like. Or, most of our crook walking canes are supplied with a rubber ferrule only, but we can change this for a nice shiny brass one if you like.
There is no extra charge for this. All we ask is that you email us with your precise requirements straight away so that we can deliver exactly what you want.