All of my sticks are entirely handmade and have been sourced, seasoned and handcrafted by me.
Many hikers, trekkers and hill-walkers prefer to use a longer stick -(usually called a staff) – rather than the traditional walking stick/cane. Although I generally concentrate on making normal length sticks, I occasionally come across shanks which are long enough to be finished as staffs.
This staff/pole is made from Hazel.
Hazel wood combines strength with light weight. The bark can be variable in colour, ranging from dark reddish brown to light grey. The outermost layer of bark is sometimes a thin film of silver or gold with a metallic sheen to it. Mottled forms, combining a range of different colours, always looks attractive.
Hazel is among the most frequently used woods for making walking sticks. This is because suitable shanks are relatively easily sourced. It grows fairly straight, is light and strong and retains its interesting bark. Because of the attractiveness of the bark, I rarely ever shave or de-bark my Hazel sticks.
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.
My sticks are a bit different.
Why? Firstly, like myself they may have little imperfections.
Secondly, they may not be 100% straight or might even have the odd bump or lump.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, they do have character and charm! And, in today’s robotic structured world, isn’t a little bit of individuality to be welcomed?
I source the material for my sticks locally in neglected thickets, along river banks and from hedges along little used ‘bóreens’. I guarantee every stick as handmade, 100% Irish and totally traceable.
Handmade walking sticks from Ireland – made from native woods and finished with natural oils. My slogan “Designed by nature; Finished by hand” accurately describes my stickmaking.