Interesting Twisty Hazel Walking Sticks

Twisty Handmade Sticks
Twisty Handmade Sticks

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.

Come and see our latest range of handmade sticks online.

Stick Making – A Good Hobby for the Retirement Years

Stick making is an inexpensive, interesting and sociable hobby. There is lots to learn, plenty of room for creativity and you can keep it simple or work towards complicated, show stopper projects. Stick making is a hobby that spans all of the levels; from basic beginners to exhibiting in shows run by your local Stick Makers Guild. I have put together this post to cover what you need to know to get started and perhaps in the future, we can sell your handmade sticks for you!


There are lots of videos, discussion forums and books on stick making out there for you to research before you start, if only to see what is possible to make.

Next you need some stick making materials. You can either buy the parts from or you can pick the wood yourself from you local woods, hedgerows or thickets. Apart from the wood for the handle and the shanks, you also need something to connect the handle to the shank, a collar (optional) and a metal ferrule to go on to the tip. These can be machine made or you can purchase them ready made in different sizes from Emilyhannah Limited.

The wood for the stick shanks needs to be dried for two years and then steam straightened. You can do this yourself or buy them ready prepared. Hunting for sticks in your local countryside is a thoroughly rewarding and pleasurable hobby in itself especially when you find something really special and rare. All of the other materials you might need ( such as antler pieces for a walking stick handle or horn spacers) you can also buy online.

What tools do you need for stick making? You will need a vice and a work bench or other work space, a drill, some epoxy glue, a good wood work carving knife, a fine tooth saw or hack saw, different grades of sanding sponges and different graded files or rasps.

Apart from an electric drill, you only really need hand tools to make walking sticks but if you really get into this hobby and want to make certain tasks quicker then there are a few power tools you could go for. In particular a belt sander for forming the tip of the stick where the ferrule will be attached to and forming the handle so that it connects nicely to the shank.

To finish the sticks you will need danish or linseed oil or some outdoor furniture varnish, something to seal the wood and protect it from wear and tear. There are lots of different options here and it is entirely up to you what finish you want your sticks to have. Just with every other part of stick making, you can keep it simple or you can experiment and do all sorts of things.

New One Piece Natural Walking Sticks from Ireland

Created by nature in the Republic of Ireland, view our new range of one piece walking sticks. These sticks have been made from some unusual woods; Privet, Rhododendron, Alder, Elderberry and of course some real Irish blackthorn…

The sticks were grown naturally in hedgerows and thickets in the County Mayo countryside. Nature has done all the hard work and then the stick maker did the rest – actually involving about eight hours work per stick! The sticks are left to dry out for abut two years (blackthorn a couple of years longer) and then using steam, the stick maker forms the shanks and the handle. This is a careful and time consuming process, making sure the stick is strong and functional while also retaining the charming lumps and bumps that give character and appeal.

The sticks are then shaved and sanded until the desired look is achieved and then finished with linseed oil to protect the wood from the elements and general wear and tear.

We have never supplied any sticks like these before, with such finishes and in the different woods. Privet, Rhododendron, Alder and Elderberry sticks are all new to us. We like them and we hope that you will too.

On a practical note, we purchased these sticks WITHOUT ferrules attached to the tips so that you can request the perfect height for you. The sticks are mostly over 95cm in height so that gives some room to alter them. Most standard sticks are 90cm tall. When we know the height required, we will add a brass ferrule to the tip ourselves and supply a free rubber ferrule to go over it as well.

Please click on any of the images below to go and take a look at the new selection:

Privet Walking Stick
Privet Walking Stick
Rhododendron One Piece Stick
Rhododendron One Piece Stick
Elderberry Wood Walking Stick
Elderberry Wood Walking Stick
Alder Wood One Piece Stick
Alder Wood One Piece Stick

Our New Catalogue is Now Ready

We have been very busy finishing our 2016 walking sticks catalogue and it is now ready. Order your free copy today and you will receive it in the post by the 23rd March. Please click on the following link to order:

Order a Walking Sticks Catalogue

We added hundreds of new sticks to our already vast range in 2015 and in January and February 2016, most of which are included in the new catalogue.

The catalogue includes our current prices and will be sent with an order form. You can either fill out the order form and order by post with a cheque or you can order from the website or order over the telephone instead. Either way, your order will be processed straight away with most orders being delivered the next working day.

We have included a page showing some of the handmade walking sticks but as this selection changes all of the time and the handmade sticks are all one-of-a-kind sticks, you will need to see the website for the current collection or order your custom designed stick over the telephone.

Crystal Canes Catalogue Page
Crystal Canes Catalogue Page

The back cover shows some of the other beautiful products we supply at our other website

Emilyhannah Ltd Cover Page
Emilyhannah Ltd Cover Page


Neo York Crook Canes – New Prices and New Designs

Neo York brightly coloured lucite crook canes are now just £74 each, down from £88. We have also added three new transparent designs to the collection. Each Neo York walking stick is made to order, at the height you require and with the handle size you prefer too. Each stick arrives in a beautiful box with two spare rubber ferrules.

You won’t find any other sticks like these on the web in such excellent colours.

Please click on any of the images below to find out more and have a browse. The transparent designs are the new ones 🙂

Helix Pattern Clear Walking Cane
Helix Pattern Clear Walking Cane
See-Through Walking Stick with Stripes
See-Through Walking Stick with Stripes
Candy Cane - See Through Stick
Candy Cane – See Through Stick
Transparent Red Crook Cane
Transparent Red Crook Cane

Sabi/Omhu Crook Handled Walking Sticks Now Half Price

Yes that’s right! All Sabi (previously known as Omhu) crook handled walking sticks are now half price. These superbly designed walking sticks are available in some great colours in three different designs.

These sticks are strong as anything with very efficient rubber tips that won’t let you down. The sticks are aesthetically pleasing as well as ergonomically brilliant.

The Sabi Roam Free are now just £29 and the Sabi birch handled sticks £44. The super deluxe Sabi Raven is now just £59. Order your new stick today and we will deliver it to you fast!

Sabi Walking Sticks
Sabi Walking Sticks

Neo-York Brightly Coloured Walking Sticks

We sell Neo York walking sticks on our website. These fabulous sticks are the brain-child of Lyndsay Adams. She makes each stick to order and offers a choice of handle size and stick height as well as a series of eye-popping colours. There are even two transparent sticks for days when you wish your stick was invisible.

We have been selling these sticks for a while now and I just recently found an inspirational article about Lyndsay on a site called Muzo World, please read it below:

For our latest innovation spotlight, we chat to Lyndsay Adams of NEO York about her business, and life after working as a trapeze artist at the Paralympics in 2012. Lyndsay talks about how that opportunity happened for her, as well as the foundations of her business, and plans for the future.

Muzo] Can you tell us a bit about your business and who you are?

L] “I’m Lyndsay Adams, and currently I have my own business called Neo York. I manufacture and sell my own range of coloured stylish acrylic walking sticks.”

Muzo] Can you tell us about yourself, your disability, and some of the highlights of your journey?

L] “I’m an above-knee amputee. I lost my leg in 2010. I was poorly in 2006 and caught an MRSA infection while having an operation in hospital. It progressed into the bone in my leg, leaving me with a severely disabled leg that I couldn’t stand on. I lived with it for four years, and then I told them to get rid of it, because it was holding me back, dictating my life, and it was the best thing I’d ever done. I walk with prosthetic leg and use a wheelchair, because I have arthritis in my other knee. I walk as much as I can, but when I can’t I sit in a chair. I don’t grumble about it because I’m still here, and I’m healthy, with a lot to be thankful for. It didn’t ruin my life, all it did was change it. After I lost my leg I joined an agency called ‘Amputees In Action’, who provide all sorts of work for amputees. I did a couple of interviews for newspapers for them, and then I got an email from them one day saying that the Olympic Committee were looking for amputees to take part in the Paralympic ceremony. I was saying yes to everything at this point, because I never knew what was gonna come around the corner. They hoisted me up about eight metres in the air and asked me to do somersaults and twists and turns. I had to commit to four months of performing, so we moved down to London from York for that time, and stayed down there, and I took part in the opening ceremony, and they asked me to do another stunt in the closing ceremony, and I said yes to that.”

Muzo] Opportunities can come from anywhere!

L] “They do. You’ve just got to seize them, because you never know when you’re gonna get the chance. That’s what I do, and it’s led me all over the world now.”

Muzo] How did you make the jump and make these big decisions?

L] “You just have to feel the fear and do it anyway. When we got lifted up for that opening ceremony, on that first somersault, it was very surreal. It was every emotion you could imagine, it was scary, exciting, very overwhelming, and afterwards I just burst into tears. Looking at it now, it’s like it happened to someone else, and I’ll never forget it. But everyone feels the fear of doing something new. To commit to it, I had to know that I could allow myself to fail. I’m all about progress, but I had to be realistic.”

Muzo] When did you decide that the Neo York business was an opportunity you could take?

L] “The hole in the market became obvious to me when I wanted something myself, I was getting married and I knew I was gonna be using sticks to walk down the aisle, and I didn’t want something that was going to look out of place with the wedding dress and the surroundings so I made myself a walking stick made of clear acrylic. I made it in the oven, it was very basic, but it worked. Then I started making them for people, and decided to make a business out of it.”

Muzo] What’s the process you go through when you make them?

L] “I came up with the process myself. You can’t just patent one and say “I invented the walking stick”. Having practiced making one for myself I knew that the plastic would melt at a certain temperature. But you don’t want it to melt, you want it to become malleable, so I had an oven customised. It’s a normal domestic oven with customized doors on the front to allow me to slide the rods in so only the front part of the rod gets heated up. It’s heated until it becomes a malleable state, and then I have jigs with very specific measurements so the handle width is correct. We’ve got one that’s a perfect arc, we’ve got a square one, we’ve got a wider one for bigger hands – We had to come up with different features that people might require. They’re not very fancy but they work a treat, made out of wood. I whip them out of the oven, mold them on the jig, then I cool them as quickly as I can. Then you’re down to polishing, which is the thing that takes time, because that’s the finishing, and makes it look really nice. And cutting for size, obviously, so if people have measurements I can cut the stick to size, or if they want to give one as a gift and they don’t know what size it needs to be we recommend they order a long one, and they can cut it themselves. It’s a simple process, the only thing that’s really different about this is the thought that went into choosing the material. People don’t always put that thought in.”

Muzo] What’s been the highlight of your business with NEO?

L] “The scary part was committing the money. There was a big initial outlay to stock up on rods because that was expensive, and to launch the business in the way that I wanted. That took a deep breath. But after that the biggest highlight was when my first order came in. I thought it was a joke because it was only a week after I’d set the website up. That was an absolute buzz. Another highlight was a celebrity user, I‘ve got Craig Revel Horwood using one, he sent me a signed book to say thank you. It’s a good feeling, really touching. Also I recently got an e-mail that made me cry, this lady who told me what a tough journey it had been, and this stick had given her new confidence. It just brings tears to my eyes, I didn’t think that something so simple could change your attitude.”

Muzo] What kind of people come to you? You must get quite a diverse range of buyers.

L] “Everybody, from 18 to 84. A lot of elderly people get them as gifts. Women haven’t been the multiple buyers, it’s been men, who order all these bright colours. I didn’t expect that. There’s this man in Knaresborough who gets stopped in the street and asked about his stick, which is fabulous because he’s looking for a lady. It’s a bit of a ‘pulling’ stick.”

Muzo] What are your key tips for business success?

L] “Your website is paramount. It has to be stylish and easy to use, and you’ve got to price your goods well. There’s no point overpricing it because you just won’t sell any. Research your market, put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Be quick to respond, be polite, price your postage correctly.”

Muzo] Is geography and travelling a factor in business success?

L] “If you are disabled you have to be prepared to accept help. A lot of people are too independent to accept it. I had to accept that sometimes I need people to help me carry stuff, I need people to push me in a wheelchair. When I was suffering from confidence issues I needed someone to go out with me. Geographically a lot of business success boils down to your internet presence, because that has no geography. Networking is how I’ve found my success. But physically, accept the help.”

Muzo] What are your plans for 2014?

L] “I’m hoping to push the business even further out there. I’m part of a group called Made in Yorkshire, and I did one show with them in York in Parliament Square, that made me get out there, talk to people, show them what the sticks look and feel like, and gives people the chance to open up, ask me questions and talk about their own experiences – I’m doing more shows with them this year. But you have to get out there and be your own advert. This year there’ll be some performing as well.”

Magnet Topped Thumbstick and Twisty Stick for Collecting Gun Cartridges

You will never have to bend down to pick up your spent gun cartridges again with one of our highly practical magnetic topped thumbsticks or twisty sticks. A powerful magnet is inlaid into the top of the stick handle so that you can flip your stick down and pick up your cartridges or keys (or anything  magnetic) off the ground.

The magnet is put in to the top instead of in the tip so that you don’t collect up all kinds of rubbish as you walk around.

These sticks make up part of our handmade range and all parts of these sticks are handmade from start to finish. The locally sourced wood to make the shanks is usually chestnut, hazel or ash which is of course seasoned and steam straightened.

These sticks are an excellent companion and make great gifts.

Magnetic Thumb Stick

Yodel and UPS Couriers – We Love You

Yodel Delivery

We are now using Yodel and UPS courier services as well as Royal Mail. We use Royal Mail for small items such as the folding sticks and the stick accessories. For parcels longer than 90cm we use Yodel for deliveries in Great Britain and UPS for orders overseas.

Both Yodel and UPS will send you a message by email or by mobile phone text to let you know the approximate delivery time. It is best to provide either of these details when you place an order with us so you can make sure you are in when your order is being delivered.

We have recently posted our latest delivery dates on the website for this year and we start back again on January 4th 2016.

Walking Sticks Make Great Christmas Presents

If you are stuck for ideas for presents this Christmas, how about a walking stick? We now have more choice than ever and something to suit all budgets and tastes. We have an excellent selection for men and women, young and old.

We are now using Yodel to deliver all wooden walking sticks to UK addresses, Royal Mail for all folding and height adjustable sticks and UPS for urgent next day deliveries and for worldwide deliveries. The latest dates for Christmas deliveries are now shown on the website.

If you wanted to personalize your gift with an engraved collar or plaque, please allow an extra 5 days for delivery as we do not do the engraving in-house. For hand-carved  sticks, the cut off date for orders for Christmas is the end of November. Please call or email us first to inquire before paying so that we can check with the stick maker first.

Come and see our great selection today!

Walking Sticks by Emilyhannah Ltd
Walking Sticks by Emilyhannah Ltd