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Benefits of Walking
Walking is an ideal form of exercise. It requires no equipment or expense and is one of the best ways for you to become more active. Regular walking can improve confidence, stamina and energy, and help control your weight. It can also keep your heart strong, give you more energy and help reduce stress. And, a nice walking stick can quickly become a good companion as you go on your hike and health walk.

Artisan Skills
There have been walking stick makers for centuries. The manufacturing of even a plain chestnut crook involves 12 different skilled processes, including peeling, steaming, straightening, staining, varnishing and ferruling. A plain derby cane requires a minimum of 16 processes, rising to many more if it is decorated with scorched areas or carved spirals, or fitted with a smart brass collar. Often, very old, lovingly-maintained tools are used, and the required skills are passed down through generations of the same family. Making walking sticks is an art form in itself and it is important that the tradition should be maintained and upheld.

 Charm
Very often one’s walking stick is much more than a mobility aid.  Frequently it is a friend and companion. Indeed, the style and type of a walking stick can be indicative of its user’s personal style.  A true countryman or woman is rarely seen out without his or her stick.  The walking stick becomes an essential item when walking the dog, following country sports, attending county fairs or just out for a walk.

Over years of use, a wooden walking stick takes on a patina of age and a charm all of its own. The loss of one’s valued walking stick can be quite upsetting for its owner because a walking stick is one of the most personal of all accessories and the focus of memories and events.

Modern aluminium canes or meticulously carved fine wooden sticks undoubtedly have their place. In fact the craft and skill involved in the making a finely carved handle rightly make such walking sticks valuable and collectible items.  However, they cannot replace the uniqueness, the idiosyncrasy and the charm of a totally natural wooden walking stick.

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