There a lots of great ways to personalise a walking stick, for yourself or as a gift for somebody special.
This article discusses some of the most popular options.
Firstly and the most obvious is adding an engraved plaque on to a walking stick. Some walking sticks have a silver or brass collar which can be engraved or a larger area such as the handle. There is enough space
on a collar to add a name, some initials or a date. If the collar is too difficult to engrave, then a brass plaque can be engraved and then tacked on to the shaft. A plaque allows a bit more space so you could add a name
and a date or a message or a short saying. The plaques themselves can be silver plated or brass in an oval shape or indeed any shape that can be bent around the shaft. You can also use pennies.
Many people like to add badges to their walking stick. The badges again are bent around the shaft of the stick and then either glued or tacked on. Badges available on the market today include British counties, country flags, clubs, football clubs, dogs, cats, horses, military badges and celtic or other symbols. You can also find famous people, places and other animals. The pewter badges are very attractive and the other badges are usually very colourful and add considerable character to your cane.
Straps and ribbons and other things that can be tied around the shaft also offer some individuality to a walking stick, as do whistles. You can add a dog whistle for calling your pet or a duck call. Whistles can be tied around the shaft or they are sometimes incorporated in to the handle. For example a thumbstick with a whistle carved into one of the tines of the V.
The other way to personalise a walking stick is to have the handle carved from wood or made out of resin to your particular design, such as your pet’s head. You could have a black labrador head with your pet’s name painted onto the collar or something like that. Resin is a fantastic material that when poured into a mould and then painted can be made to look just like the real thing.
Pyrography is another lovely art that produces a great effect on a walking stick. Pyrography is when a design is burnt into the wood with a special pen that looks rather like a soldering iron. You can achieve some detailed and beautiful results with this method.
I hope you feel inspired now to do something with your walking stick to personalise it and make it your own. Call us today on 0208 123 8042 to discuss your project or email us with any questions.
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