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Good walking sticks are made from Birch shanks. The wood is both lightweight and strong. The sanded or shaved bark responds nicely to finishing with linseed oil and varnish.
The bark of all birch is characteristically marked with long, horizontal lenticels. The colour of the bark can vary from grey, white, black, silver or yellow and the species is often named accordingly. Fragrant twigs of silver birch are used in saunas to relax the muscles.
Walking sticks made from Birch are popular because:
All of my sticks are entirely handmade and have been sourced, seasoned and handcrafted by me.
The dimensions shown under the Additional Information tab are in inches and ounces. The width is the measurement at the tip (bottom) of the stick. Any stick can be shortened to a specified length at no extra cost.
Guidelines for arriving at the optimum length for you are shown on the Choosing a Stick page.
The silver birch has pointed, triangular leaves the edges of which are double toothed. Silver birch has both male and female flowers (catkins) on the same tree. For more information on Birch visit “Birch” – How To Grow Trees (tcv.org.uk)