Twisty hazel walking sticks look absolutely great don’t they? The twist is caused by a honeysuckle plant growing with and around the hazel tree, producing this gorgeous natural twist. It is rare to find sticks with a twist along the whole section so when they are found in the woods, hedgerows and thickets in the countryside, they are cut quickly and taken inside to dry.
The natural twist is very comfortable to hold as the curve of the thumb fits nicely along the twist. For this reason twisted sticks are often chopped into smaller sections to make handles instead of shanks.
Hazel is most often the only wood soft enough to be affected in this way by the honeysuckle. Sometimes, other things will cause a twist in other harder woods such as a piece of wire or a part of some fencing forgotten in a hedge and wrapped around a growing shoot. However it is caused, it takes nature a few years to create these lovely looking sticks and if you buy a good quality one that has been dried and straightened properly, it will last you at least a lifetime of use.
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