Easter Bunnies and March Hares

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.

Walking Stick Modifications

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.


New Folding Walking Sticks Now Available

You can never have enough folding walking sticks, right? We have added the following colourful collection to our websites for immediate purchase. The designs are really great and will make excellent gifts this Christmas.

If you want to find out more about any of them or buy one, please click on any of the pictures and you will arrive at the correct shopping page.

Standard sized folding stick with beautiful British garden birds design all over the aluminium shaft:

Royal Stewart red tartan patterned folding stick in the standard size. This stick folds into 4 parts and is supplied with a wrist cord and rubber ferrule already fitted:

Peacock feather patterned mini folding walking stick. This one is my favourite. The design is so vibrant and lovely. Like all of the mini walking sticks, it folds up into 5 parts to fit easily into a handbag and each stick is supplied with a wrist cord, rubber ferrule and a handy clip to keep the parts together when it is folded up.

A jazzy leopard print design mini folding stick. Leopard print has always been a popular design for women’s accessories and these folding sticks look fabulous.

Black and white damask design folding walking stick. This stick has a delicate, pretty finish to it and is perfect for those who would prefer a more neutral coloured stick and nothing too bright.

Pastel tartan folding stick. Calm and natural colours for an unimposing walking stick for everyday use.

Retro spots design folding stick. The colours on this design go very well together and make this stick a stylish addition to your collection.

Last but not least, the oval leaf design folding stick. Another great design with great colours.

Some Discontinued Walking Sticks

They come and they go…Here is a list of the latest sticks that are now unfortunately discontinued:

Order code 1721: Crook handled walking stick with a concealed umbrella inside the shaft.

Order code bt51: Ram’s horn handled small shepherd’s crook. We are looking for a new supply of these as they were great sellers. The ram’s horn starts out all rough, hollow and unusable and then the stick maker compresses and polishes it into a marvellous and beautiful object to adorn a natural wooden stick. As you can probably tell, we will miss these ones and can’t wait to find some more!

Order code 210: Compass topped brass cane. Gadget or system sticks are my personal favourites, so it’s sad to see the last of these sticks. The ball topped handle had a compass inlaid in the very top.

Order code 2420: Hand carved duck handled walking stick. This is certainly a walking stick to miss. Hand carved wood work is incredibly time consuming and difficult as well as a beautiful art. It is therefore understandable that these sticks will not be available all of the time, no stick maker is that patient!

The hand carved sticks now available on the website are one-of-a-kind sticks, some will be made to order and some will have been photographed and described for sale once only. we cannot stress enough how special these sticks are and how we appreciate the many hours of work it takes to produce each one.

Discontinued Folding Sticks: we have lost a few of the folding sticks but we have added many more, so there is still something for everyone!

Visit walkingsticksonline.co.uk today and see what’s new!


More Stock of Shell Handled Derby Canes Now In

We are pleased to announce the arrival of lots more shell handled walking sticks in time for Christmas. These sticks make wonderful presents as they are so different.  With a choice of five different colourways, each design features real shell pieces set with resin, covering a wooden  Derby style handle.

My favourite is the blue and green shell which reminds me of abalone shells in Australia.

Shell covered Derby canes

To avoid disappointment, order yours soon as we do have a limited stock. The handles are mounted on to wooden shanks which can be shortened to the desired height if need be. You can also have an engraved brass band added to the stick with a name or some initials, just ask!

Order online or call 0208 123 8042.

Extra Tall Blackthorn Knobsticks are Back in Stock

Just in time for Christmas, we are pleased to announce the return of the extra tall blackthorn knobsticks. To avoid disappointment, snap up one of these highly sought after sticks while stocks last. Just click on the image below to purchase one (use promo code freepostage at the checkout too)

Extra Tall Blackthorn sticks
Extra Tall Blackthorn sticks

Blackthorn is a rare commodity. We also have stock of some locally coppiced “blanks” for stick makers to make their own knob handled sticks, some tall shanks and some naturally grown thumbsticks.

True blackthorn has very dark, almost black with a purple/red tinge bark and when it is polished up, it looks very striking indeed.

Here is a description of our blackthorn trees in Britain (Prunus spinosa)

Blackthorn, also known as ‘sloe’, is a small deciduous tree native to the UK and most of Europe.

Common name: blackthorn, sloe

Scientific name: Prunus spinosa
Family: Rosaceae

UK provenance: native

Interesting fact: blackthorn wood has been used to make walking or riding sticks, and was the traditional wood for Irish shillelaghs.

What does blackthorn look like?

Habit: spiny and densely branched, mature trees can grow to a height of around 6-7m, and live for up to 100 years. The dark brown bark is smooth, and twigs form straight side shoots, which develop into thorns.

Leaves: slightly wrinkled, oval, toothed, pointed at the tip and tapered at the base.

Flowers: blackthorn is a hermaphrodite, meaning both male and female reproductive parts are found in one flower. White flowers appear on short stalks before the leaves in March and April, either singularly or in pairs.

Fruits: once pollinated by insects, the flowers develop into blue-black fruits measuring 1cm across.

Look out for: it is a spiny shrubby tree with black-purple twigs and small, narrow leaves.

Could be confused with: hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), without leaves. The flowers of blackthorn appear before the leaves and the spines have buds along their length, on the hawthorn flowers emerge from the same point as the buds.

Identified in winter by: the twigs are black and spiny with leaf buds along the spines.

Where to find blackthorn

Blackthorn is native to Europe and western Asia. It can also be found in New Zealand and eastern North America. It grows best in moist, well drained soil and thrives in full sunlight.

It grows naturally in scrub, copses and woodlands, but is commonly used as a hedging plant.

Value to wildlife

Early flowering, blackthorn provides a valuable source of nectar and pollen for bees in spring. Its foliage is a food plant for the caterpillars of many moths, including the lackey, magpie, common emerald, small eggar, swallow-tailed and yellow-tailed. It is also used by the black and brown hairstreak butterflies.

Birds nest among the dense, thorny thickets, eat caterpillars and other insects from the leaves, and feast on the berries in autumn.

Mythology and symbolism

Blackthorn was long associated with witchcraft, and it is said that witches’ wands and staffs were made using blackthorn wood.

How we use blackthorn

The timber is hardwearing and tough, light yellow with a brown heartwood. It was traditionally used for making walking sticks and tool parts. It burns well, and is often used as firewood.

Blackthorn is used as a hedging shrub, particularly in wildlife gardens. The sloes are used for wine making and preserves, and, most commonly, flavouring gin.


Blackthorn can be susceptible to fungal diseases which causes blossom wilt in fruit trees, and the fruits can sometimes be distorted by a gall-forming fungus, Taphrina pruni.


New Laminated Orthopaedic Walking Stick

We have just added this new walking stick for sale on the website. The handle is made from layers of turned wood in contrasting shades. The handle is formed into a seamless, super comfortable grip handle for use in the right hand only.

Laminated Wood Walking Stick
Laminated Wood Walking Stick

The handle is mounted on to a wooden shank and can be shortened to any height required.

We have already sold a number of these sticks with excellent reports so far.. Order your new stick today and use promotional code “freepostage” to get free delivery too.

We have also recently added a bamboo hiking stick, lots more unusual handmade sticks, aluminium hiking poles and two new designer Switch Sticks folding sticks for those looking for a very bright and colourful folding stick.

We are always on the look-out for new, interesting or eye-catching sticks to add to the range and we try to add new ones every month. If you make sticks or you would like to suggest some sticks for us to sell, please do get in touch (details on the website below)

Get in touch with Walking Sticks Online

New Chestnut Hiking Sticks with Carved Motifs

This is a chestnut hiking stick with a carved red stag motif on the handle. £29 plus postage with a combination spike and rubber tip ferrule, leather wrist strap and height of 121cm. These kind of hiking sticks are usually held at about lower chest height.

Labrador Retriever carved motif. This stick will make a great gift for an owner of a Labrador.

A hunter or shooting carved motif adorns this new chestnut hiking pole. £29.

We hope you like these new sticks as much as we do!

A 3 Part Bishop’s Crozier Handmade by Us


This special crook was made to order for the bishop in the picture. The crook unscrews into three sections for easy transport. Each section has a brass fitting and looks very impressive. The wooden shank is a striking mountain ash with an interesting pattern and coloured bark.

This is one of our favorite parts of our work; making one-of-a-kind walking sticks for special people of purposes.

New Crutch and Walking Stick Holder Now In Stock

A cane holder is such a useful accessory for your walking stick. You no longer need to worry about your cane sliding onto the floor again.
Our new cane/ crutch holder has two hanging functions.
The holder can be used not only on Tables, Countertops, Desks but also Curved Surfaces like the Back Seat of a Chair!
1. Using the short side, you can hang the cane or
crutch on a flat surface, such as a table or a
counter .2. The long side is better suited to, for example,
the back of a chair, a door handle or the side of a
shopping trolley.