Comes from the Latin word 'ambulare' and, strictly speaking, should mean 'one who is in the habit of walking' but has become the word used for a collector of walking sticks.
The 'art' of fighting with sticks.
In a stick the word refers to how well it carries. The shank should be farily straight and head/handle and shank should be in line. It should also have an easy taper from top to bottom. The whole stick should feel lively and not 'dead' in the hand.
An Irish word to describe a stout/thick stick... prenounced Kaw Mogue
The generic name for a walking stick in America where the term walking stick is generally understood to refer to longer hiking sticks.
A stick which is shaped like a shalow W and is used for carrying objects across the shoulder - the weight on the back is counterbalanced by one hand on the stick at the front.
Expression used by travelling community to describe cutting a stick.
Also called Bands or Spacers, collars are used to tidy up or decorate the joint between the handle and the shank.
Method of causing small, regularly spaced knobs on a stick. This is done by wounding it with a special instrument during growth... the knobs are the resultant scars. Mostly used on chestnut.
Long established way of harvesting wood by cutting back to just above ground level every eight to twelve years. Most hardwoods coppice well but most conifers will not. The crop cycle can carry on almost almost indefinitely.
Gaelic name for a crook.
Handle bent in full semi-circle.
Name given to stick handles which look like an upside down 'L'.
The highest part of a stick at the top of the handle.
Scottish name for a crook. Perhaps more commonly used as name for the staff carried by bishops.
A cleft stick for holding wool or flax while being spun by hand.
A shepherd's crook with carved decoration.
A fitting at the bottom of a stick to reduce wear and prevent slipping. Can be made of many materials but the more usual include rubber, brass, copper and steel.
Lightly scorching a stick to give it added colour and effect.
The staining of a stick by using amonia fumes.
Gorse/Furze/Whin sticks traditionally sold by members of the travelling community.
The point where the handle turns from horizontal to vertical towards the shank... can be angular or a gentle curve.
A heavy board propped at an angle of about 60° with notches down each side. The notches are used to straighten shanks after steaming.
A hook shaped handle used as an aid in catching lambs and sheep. Can be made from wood or horn but most often shaped from metal. The width of the mouth may vary depending on the job in hand, e.g. smaller opening for use in catching lambs.
Also known as Gape, it is the distance between the shank of a walking and the inside of the nose (cleek) at its narrowest point.
The top (highest) point of the handle, crook or cleek
Term used in Scotland in place of ferrule.
A unit of measurement (5.5 yards) used in the past when measuring hedges and field boundaries. See also Poles and Rods.
A unit of measurement (5.5 yards) used in the past when measuring hedges and field boundaries. See also Perches and Rods.
Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed
, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches.
Term used to describe the reduction in the diameter of a stick. This can be done by shaving with spokeshave or, more usually, by means of a specially designed plane.
A unit of measurement (5.5 yards) used in the past when measuring hedges and field boundaries. See also Perches and Poles.
Giving the shank of a stick some extra colour by lightly burning (scorching) the surface.
The main section of a walking stick or cane, i.e. the piece stretching from below the handle to the ferrule.
A stick, almost always of hiking staff length, with a crook, cleek or hook as a handle. This crook, cleek or hook was tradtionally used by shepherds for a multitude of functions with their flocks, e.g. catching, dipping, etc.
Pronounced Shill-eh-lay, this term today relates almost invariably to a short (no more than 24") blackthorn stick with a hammer type head. Irish folklore consistently tells us that the stick was used as a lethal weapon by poachers in pursuit of game.
Stick used by poachers - usually has a weight inserted into the handle.
A hiking stick, usually at least 48" long, with a Y shaped handle into which the user may rest his/her thumb.