Some New Handmade Sticks Now In Stock

We have recently replenished our stock of handmade sticks from our very talented stickmakers. I am also meeting another stick maker who has been making them for the last twenty years so I have very high hopes for the meeting.

An interesting selection of woods have been used and as a result, we have some very unusual and attractive sticks.
We have a couple of Hornbeam walking sticks. Hornbeam is a very hard wood. The English name “hornbeam” is a reference to the hardness of the wood (like horn) and American Hornbeam is called ironwood or musclewood!
Hornbeam is used for tool handles, parquet flooring and chess pieces. Interestingly it is used for gear pegs in simple machines, including traditional windmills. I’m going to check that out next time I visit Bircham Windmill in Norfolk!

We have got some beautiful blackthorn market sticks with buffalo horn handles. The blackthorn shafts are very knotty and amazingly straight. Each stick has been dried for at least two years and then steam straightened by someone who really cares. The buffalo handles have been shaped by hand, with many hours of careful work invested into each stick.

Blackthorn Market Stick
Blackthorn Market Stick with Buffalo Horn handle

We have lots more antler thumbsticks, again on super straight Hazel, ideal for Christmas presents. These have been made by a true perfectionist so everything fits seamlessly together; the little wooden tips on the antlers, the buffalo horn spacer and the ferrule at the bottom.

We also bought some more Banksia Nut handled sticks as these are my favorite. The Banksia nut is turned and each one looks completely different to the next. This special nut comes from the Banksia tree in Western Australia and farmers need a licence to pick and export them.

There’s also some more twisty wood handled hikers on Hazel. The wood for the handles is a mixture of ash, blackthorn and hazel which has been twisted as it has grown with Honeysuckle wrapped around it. A couple of the sticks still have pieces of Honeysuckle in the twisted handle which gives a beautiful and natural affect.

There are two very individual knobsticks on hazel shafts. One has a burr elm handle and the other a spalted elm handle. What’s the difference? Well, a burr elm is the wood from a burr on an elm tree. A burr is a gnarly growth in a tree trunk and when they are cut off and opened up, the woodworker is usually rewarded with a beautiful swirly patterned piece of wood. Burr elm looks fantastic when turned into a wooden bowl or other ornaments. They also make very nice knobstick handles!

Spalted elm occurs when the elm timber has laid in contact with damp ground for a time. Fungi attack the wood and the rotting process begins. If the timing is right and the wood is dried and seasoned in the normal way, then the result is a really interesting piece of wood with dark lines and different colours going through the wood. The elm wood in both cases has just the same hardness, etc as the usual elm but with some enhancing colouration and pattern.

All of our handmade and hand carved sticks and made to such a high quality with high quality materials and workmanship. I try to do them justice with nice close-up images but they all look a hundred times better in the flesh as it were. Also it would be good if you could reach through your computer screen to pick some of the sticks up as some of the handmade ones are so comfortable, light and lend themselves perfectly to being a completely brilliant walking stick that will last and last.
They make brilliant presents, click on the following link to take a look Handmade Walking Sticks at Walking Sticks Online.

Calling all Stickmakers!

We are always looking for new walking sticks and canes to add to Walking Sticks Online to keep the website fresh and interesting. We are looking for walking stick manufacturers, handmade and hand carved  sticks, antiques and brand new products that need distributing.

We like to have a big range and therefore choice for customers of walking sticks and it is my view that this is what websites are for, to offer a large range of one particular product at competitive prices.

Handmade walking sticks are the sticks we would like to sell more of, so if you make sticks or know of someone who does, then please get in touch. I love the variety of the woods used, the handle types and the individuality of handmade sticks. These sticks are also nice because the materials used often reflect where they were made. For example, the hand carved sticks we offer are made in Derbyshire and Hazel wood shanks are sourced in North Wales. The Welsh Hazel has its own beautiful bark which is different to the Hazel from Saffron Walden, Essex which is used by on of our handmade stick makers.

We are also interested to hear about new products from inventors or distributing opportunities.

We currently work with six different suppliers and it all runs along smoothly. Please contact us here if you can offer any of the above, we would love to hear from you!

New Handmade Twisty Sticks with Pewter Shamrock Detail

We have added three new handmade sticks to the handmade walking sticks section.

All three are made from twisty wood, or a tree branch that has grown entwined with Honeysuckle creating this lovely twisty finish.
One of the hiking sticks looks exactly like the Stick Man from the Julia Donaldson rhyming verse story entitled “The Stick Man”, with eyes, a nose and mouth. I am tempted to keep this one for the boys bedroom!
The other sticks have a Shamrock badge made from pewter on the handle tops.
Sticks are made with all sorts of handle toppers, pins and badges to make a stick a little bit special, personalised or just interesting.
You can buy English county badges, National Service badges, old English Pennies that have been bent around to fit the shaft of your stick and collectible European badges.
Toppers can be made from Silver, Pewter, Copper or resin. Some people like to have their favorite fly fishing flies set in resin and glued on to the handle of their wading stick or hiking stick.
New handmade stick with pewter Shamrock on the handle
New handmade stick with pewter Shamrock on the handle
Its nice to add a special extra something to personalise your cane, if you have seen or you own an interesting stick, please do send in your pictures via the website! www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk

New Handmade Twisty Sticks with Pewter Shamrock Detail

We have added three new handmade sticks to the handmade walking sticks section.
All three are made from twisty wood, or a tree branch that has grown entwined with Honeysuckle creating this lovely twisty finish.
One of the hiking sticks looks exactly like the Stick Man from the Julia Donaldson rhyming verse story entitled “The Stick Man”, with eyes, a nose and mouth. I am tempted to keep this one for the boys bedroom!
The other sticks have a Shamrock badge made from pewter on the handle tops.
Sticks are made with all sorts of handle toppers, pins and badges to make a stick a little bit special, personalised or just interesting.
You can buy English county badges, National Service badges, old English Pennies that have been bent around to fit the shaft of your stick and collectible European badges.
Toppers can be made from Silver, Pewter, Copper or resin. Some people like to have their favorite fly fishing flies set in resin and glued on to the handle of their wading stick or hiking stick.
New handmade stick with pewter Shamrock on the handle
New handmade stick with pewter Shamrock on the handle
Its nice to add a special extra something to personalise your cane, if you have seen or you own an interesting stick, please do send in your pictures via the website! www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk

New! Handmade Walking Sticks at www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk

We are very happy to introduce a new range of handmade thumbsticks, hiking sticks and shepherd’s crooks available to buy now online.

A very meticulous man in Norfolk has set about hand carving a variety of sticks from British materials, including; Deer Antler thumbsticks with an English Hazel shank, Buffalo horn handled sticks and thumbsticks with a hidden calling whistle.

All of the sticks are made using either British Hazel, Chestnut or Ash and locally sourced handles.

We are also offering a bespoke service, so that you can have that extra-special walking stick made just to the right height and detail (for example, you could have a 37 1/2 inch thumbstick with three silver plated bands are the top of the shank and a lovely hand-carved Rosewood handle)

Ordering a bespoke stick usually takes between 5 and 10 days to be delivered to wherever you like (UK addresses only) and will make the perfect gift for someone special.

For more information click on the following link: HANDMADE WALKING STICKS