I have combined African and English hardwoods and a decorative brass spacer in making this stunning and slightly heavier than normal walking stick.
Hawthorn is not commonly used by woodturners but is a surprisingly nice timber to work with, and quite hard. It turns and carves well and looks lovely when finished with a high gloss. I have used it to make the "thumb stick" handle. The Hawthorn is from a driftwood trunk I found washed up on Thorness Bay beach on the Isle of Wight.
I have used a brass spacer between the handle and stick shaft to add decoration.
The Sapele used in the shaft is a lovely deep brown colour with lots of grain showing under the gloss varnish.
The price includes postage and packing to UK mainland addresses.
Unique hand-crafted sticks
Buying one of my hand-made walking sticks means owning a unique item. Each one is designed and made by me in my workshop in rural Bedfordshire and as far as I am aware no-one else on planet Earth makes sticks like mine.
Making the sticks
The process of making a stick takes up to three weeks and each stick is guaranteed to be one of a kind. I will make sticks that are similar, but each individual stick has a character all its own.
- The shafts of the sticks are made from sustainably sourced hardwoods from around the world and are finished with either varnish or high quality wax polish.
- The handles come in different shapes and styles and again are made from sustainably sourced hardwoods or rosewoods. Each handle is turned by me and finished to the same exacting standards I apply to the shafts.
- The handles are secured to the shafts using a stainless steel rod.
I can make to order
Sticks can usually be made to order if you would like a particular timber, subject to availability of the wood. I would need at least 4 weeks’ notice to make a bespoke stick as the materials have to be very carefully sourced and prepared before I can start making. Please contact me for details.
Unique and useful - for yourself or for a loved one
These unique walking sticks are both an aid to walking or hiking and a talking point with those you meet on the highways and byways. They are also an heirloom ready to be passed down to the next generation.