Apart from being a thing of beauty a walking stick can be a pretty useful companion which can support one when walking. It can be a very discreet form of personal protection. But for many people, it’s an icon of cultural heritage and has a special place in history. For instance, in Ireland a walking stick was frequently used for stickfighting and was regarded as a vital weapon. These sticks were made of rough, heavy and knotty wood and could do serious damage to any person hit by one. Sometimes, some extra weight was added inside it to make it more destructive.
Today, walking sticks are enjoying a renaissance in popularity. Undoubtedly some of this is due to the growth of walking as a safe and healthy form of exercise. But it is probably a reflection of the fact that a natural handmade walking stick looks good and has a distinctive charm. There is a big demand for all handmade walking sticks.
Handmade walking sticks are in demand because of their exclusiveness and traceability. Although a certain procedure is followed to craft a handmade walking stick, there are never two exactly similar to each other. Consequently, the owner of a handmade walking stick can be assured of something unique.