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The Stick & Cane Shop Blog

Beautiful Spring Themed Floral Walking Sticks


As we approach Easter and with the weather now seeing an improvement, we are hoping that the cold and frosty days of winter are now behind us. The flowers in our gardens are starting to bloom, so we thought we would have an equally floral Spring theme in our blog post this week.

With the Easter bank holidays upon us, many of us will be out and about this bank holiday weekend too, so what better time of year to update your walking stick? Whether you require a stick as a regular mobility aid, or perhaps you just need a bit of stability and support when out at the shops, we have a range of sticks available that feature a range of beautiful spring floral patterns.

So why not spend a few moments today browsing the gorgeous sticks below and we wish you a happy Easter and a (hopefully!) sunny Spring.

Tea Party Adjustable Walking Stick - Muted Floral



The Tea Party Extending Derby Cane in muted floral design is an elegant walking stick that has become an indispensable accessory for the well-dressed woman in need of a little support and balance. The Tea Party canes are suitable for everyday use and they also make elegant finishing touches for wedding, garden party or Royal Ascot ensembles.

The dimensions of the adjustable walking stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 77cm to 100cm in 2.5cm increments
  • Weight is 317g
  • The stick diameter (top section) is 20mm
  • The stick diameter (bottom section) is 16mm
  • It is fitted with a locking nut and rubber ferrule
  • Will take an RF99 type rubber ferrule

Elite Folding Walking Stick - Multi Floral



The Elite Folding derby cane in Multi Floral design is a wonderful choice for those looking for a portable stick for Spring. Features a matching patterned handle and brass collar. Light weight and very attractive.

The dimensions of the folding walking stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 82cm to 92cm in 2.5cm increments
  • Weight is 405g
  • The stick diameter (top section) is 22mm
  • The stick diameter (bottom section) is 19mm
  • It is fitted with a RF92 rubber ferrule size 19mm internal diameter

Tea Party Adjustable Walking Stick - Peach Floral



The Tea Party Extending Derby Cane in peach floral design is an elegant walking stick that has become an indispensable accessory for the well-dressed woman in need of a little support and balance. The Tea Party canes are suitable for everyday use and they also make elegant finishing touches for wedding, garden party or Royal Ascot ensembles.

The dimensions of the adjustable walking stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 77cm to 100cm in 2.5cm increments
  • Weight is 317g
  • The stick diameter (top section) is 20mm
  • The stick diameter (bottom section) is 16mm
  • It is fitted with a locking nut and rubber ferrule
  • Will take an RF99 type rubber ferrule
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How Are Walking Sticks Made?


Have you ever wondered how walking sticks are made? Well, today we have a fantastic video from the people at 'How It's Made' on the Discovery Channel, which breaks down the process from sourcing the wood, preparing it, fashioning it to finishing it and adding all the embellishments we know and love on our walking canes. The focus in the video below is on wooden crook sticks that you can find in our Country Sticks section of our website, but many of the processes involved are similar for a wide range of our canes.

If you are curious and have a spare few minutes, be sure to check out the video below!

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Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2016


For UK Mainland Orders
  • Standard Delivery: Tuesday 20th December at 1pm To ensure your parcel arrives before Christmas, Royal Mail have recommended that Tuesday 20th Decemberbe the last posting date for Tracked 48 service (Cut off time for same day despatch is 1pm on Tuesday, although we will try to get as many parcels despatched as possible on Tuesday up until the courier arrives)
  • Express Delivery: Thursday 22nd December at 1pm
  • Next Day Interlink Express Service: Thursday 22nd December (Cut off time for same day despatch is 1pm on Thursday 22nd December although we will try to get as many parcels despatched as possible on Thursday up until the courier arrives.)
Please Note: Make sure you give your correct mobile number so that the delivery companies can keep you informed of delivery times. They will send you a text message letting you know when to expect the delivery. Our office will be closed on Friday 23rd December but we will keep an eye on parcel tracking from home, and we can still be contacted via email at info@brolliesgalore.co.uk

For UK Highlands & Islands Orders: Tuesday 20th December To ensure your parcel arrives before Christmas, weather permitting, Interlink and Royal Mail have recommended that Tuesday 22th December be the last posting date (Cut off time for same day despatch is 1pm)

For International and EU orders: To ensure your parcel arrives before Christmas FedEx and DPD have recommended that the last International and EU orders are sent out on Wednesday 14th December (Cut-off for international same day despatch will be 12 noon)


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A Selection of New Handmade Country Sticks at the Stick & Cane Shop


As we are well into autumn and rapidly approaching winter (where has this year gone?) we are starting to get some new handmade stick designs in for the festive season, which would make lovely gift ideas for friends and family that enjoy getting outdoors into the countryside all year round.

These handmade country sticks are full of charm, and have been handcrafted to provide a unique stick that the user will love for years to come. Two of the Shepherds' Crooks we feature in our blog today have delightful handles that have been carved into the shape of animals, providing a fun twist on the usual Shepherds' Crook design. The other is a thumb-stick that can be unscrewed in the middle, making it easy to transport - ideal for those who like to travel and need some portability from their stick!

So if you are looking for some handmade Christmas gift ideas, why not take some inspiration from the sticks below, but if you'd like to see our full range be sure to check out our Country Sticks section of our website now.

Handmade Salmon Shepherd's Crook on Hazel Shaft



The stylish Shepherd's Crook features a carved crook handle in the shape of a leaping salmon mounted on a beautiful hazel shaft. This is a long stick that comes to around shoulder height. The shaft is made from the traditional country wood, hazel, which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour.  The handles are made from a variety of hardwoods, each piece chosen for the beauty of its colour or grain. Left with a natural bark finish for that authentic country look.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 148cm
  • Weight is 535g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 30mm and tapers down to 21mm at the ferrule end.
  • It is fitted with a metal ferrule

Staghorn Hazel Thumbstick, Two Piece, Jointed, Extra Long



This is a Two piece Hazel Staghorn Thumbstick that has a screw joint in the middle of the stick. Beautifully finished hazel makes this a very smooth and elegant stick, and is slightly longer than normal at approx 160cm long, so would suit people of taller stature. It unscrews into two 80cm-long sections - ideal for transportation. It also comes fitted with a combi ferrule.

The dimensions of the shepherds crook are:
  • Length is 160cm
  • Weight is 670g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is 30mm and tapers down to 25mm at the ferrule end
  • It is fitted with a combi ferrule

Handmade Carved Goose Head Shepherd's Crook on Hazel Shaft



The stylish Shepherd's Crook features a carved crook handle in the shape of a goose's head mounted on a beautiful hazel shaft. This is a long stick that comes to around shoulder height. The shaft is made from the traditional country wood, hazel, which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour.  The handles are made from a variety of hardwoods, each piece chosen for the beauty of its colour or grain. Left with a natural bark finish for that authentic country look.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 139cm
  • Weight is 620g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 26mm and tapers down to 24mm at the ferrule end
  • It is fitted with a metal ferrule



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Country Sticks for Autumn


Now that we say goodbye to summer and welcome in Autumn, the days are getting shorter and the weather more brisk. Still, this season of change is a wonderful time to be out enjoying the British countryside. With this in mind we thought we would take a browse through some of the beautiful Country Sticks available at the Stick and Cane Shop.

Whether for personal use or for a gift, there is a delightful traditional charm that comes from using these country sticks. They make a wonderful companion for those long relaxing weekend walks in the countryside. And whether your tastes lie with our Beagling Sticks, Coppice Knob Sticks, Thumbstick, Wooden Hiking Staves or Crook Sticks, the wood and craftsmanship seen in these canes is second to none.

We also have the beautiful Rams Horn and Staghorn Handled Sticks in our country sticks for those of you who like a cane made from a range of natural materials. We are also lucky to stock certain country sticks by prizewinning local craftsmen, so you can be sure that you are getting a genuinely unique stick in these ranges. Be sure to also check out our wonderful walking stick with seat collection including Leather Shooting Seat Sticks for those of you who like a bit of versatility - these provide you with a handy place to sit when you need a rest on those long walks in the country.

We have selected a few of our firm favourites to feature below in our blog this week, but with such a wide range of Country Sticks to choose from at the Stick & Cane Shop, you will definitely be spoiled for choice.


Chestnut Hiking Stave - Oak Tree



Chestnut hiking stave with a feature carving of an Oak tree, it has a leather wrist thong and spiked metal combi-ferrule. The Chestnut has been stripped and lacquered and is harvested from sustainable forests. This traditional walking stick is chest height and is very popular with walkers and hikers.

The dimensions of the hiking stave are:
  • Length is 121cm
  • Weight is 440g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is aprox 30mm and tapers down to 24mm at the ferrule end
  • It is fitted with a spiked metal combi-ferrule

Hand Carved Blond Ram's Horn Shepherd's Crook in Hazel



This delightful Shepherds Crook features a carved Rams Horn handle with a beautiful blond colour mounted on a long hazel shaft. This long stick comes to around upper-abdomen height. The shaft is made from the traditional country wood, hazel, which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour and is left with its natural bark for that authentic country look. The handle is hand carved from Rams Horn; a painstaking process which takes approximately 35 hours to complete. Handmade in Scotland by a local craftsman.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 145.5cm
  • Weight is 620g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 24mm and tapers down to 19mm at the ferrule end.
  • It is fitted with a type-A rubber ferrule

Tirion Ascot Telescopic Leather Seat Stick



Traditionally used as a hunting or shooting seat this Tirion Ascot Telescopic Leather Seat Stick also provides a comfortable seat when out walking. The stick seat is adjustable in height and has a genuine tan leather seat and trim to handles. Suitable for use on soft ground. It is a robust and well made seat stick and comes with a two year manufacturers guarantee. Made in Great Britain.

The dimensions of the adjustable seat stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 74cm to 100cm
  • Height to seat when seated is adjustable from 55cm to 80cm
  • Weight is 930g
  • The stick diameter is 20mm
  • It is fitted a steel spike and folding ground plate
  • Will take a hiking pole ferrule for use on hard ground
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New Handmade Walking Sticks by John Rennie in Stock


We are delighted to announce that we have a brand new range of gorgeous hand-crafted walking sticks, made in Scotland, by prizewinning craftsman, John Rennie. These sticks proved popular when we introduced them to our customers in summer 2015, so with a new and expanded range, we are sure that these sticks will be a hit!

A bit of background information on the man himself. John Rennie, from Torphichen, West Lothian, Scotland, has previously won several awards at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh (7 of these awards were won in 2014). Many of these awards related to the beautifully crafted Shepherd's Crooks he handcarved. He has spent more than 20 years developing his master of traditional stick making in his home workshop, and this is reflected in the outstanding prizewinning quality and beauty of his output.

We are priveleged to have a range of his canes back in stock at the Stick and Cane Shop for 2016, and we can't wait to see what our customers think of them. Each piece is unique, so you can be sure that you are receiving a cane that is like no other!

Why not browse through the selection we have highlighted in this blog today, but if you'd like to see our full range, please visit our Shepherd's Crooks page, to find the various designs available by John Rennie.


New Hand-Crafted Country Sticks by John Rennie

Curled Hand Carved Rams Horn Shepherds Crook on Hazel Shaft



The beautiful Shepherds Crook features a carved Rams Horn handle with an exceptional curl mounted on a beautiful long hazel shaft. Black buffalo horn with white bone collar. This is a long stick that comes to around upper-abdomen height. This beautiful country walking stick is hand made by John Rennie of Torphicen, a prize winning stick maker of many years standing, who won seven 1st prizes at the Highland Show in 2014. The shaft is made from the traditional country wood, hazel, which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour and is left with its natural bark for that authentic country look. The handle is hand carved from Rams Horn a painstaking process which takes approximately 35 hours.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 138cm
  • Weight is 595g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is aprox 23mm and tapers down to 19mm at the ferrule end
  • It is fitted with a rubber ferrule

Hand Carved Ram & Buffalo Horn Detail Shepherds Crook on Hazel Shaft



The delightful Shepherds Crook features a carved Rams Horn handle that ends with a buffalo horn detail. The crook has a beautiful long hazel shaft. This is a long stick that comes to around abdomen height. This beautiful country walking stick is hand made by John Rennie of Torphicen, a prize winning stick maker of many years standing, who won seven 1st prizes at the Highland Show in 2014. The shaft is made from the traditional country wood, hazel, which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour and is left with its natural bark for that authentic country look. The handle is hand carved from Rams Horn a painstaking process which takes approximately 35 hours.of country sticks.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 123.5cm
  • Weight is 402g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 22mm and tapers down to 16mm at the ferrule end
  • It is fitted with a metal ferrule

Hand Carved Buffalo Horn Shepherds Crook with Thistle on Hazel Shaft



The superb Shepherds Crook features a hand carved Rams Horn handle adorned with a thistle mounted on a beautiful long hazel shaft. This is a long stick that comes to around upper-abdomen height. This beautiful country walking stick is hand made by John Rennie of Torphicen, a prize winning stick maker of many years standing, who won seven 1st prizes at the Highland Show in 2014. The shaft is made from the traditional country wood, hazel, which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour and is left with its natural bark for that authentic country look. The handle is hand carved from Buffalo Horn a painstaking process which takes approximately 35 hours. As Rams Horn has become increasingly difficult to get, buffalo horn has become more popular. Although predominantly black when polished, you will often find white flecks or streaks, also smoky blues and greys will appear in some horns. Polished to a high gloss.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 123cm
  • Weight is 570g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is aprox 22mm and tapers down to 18mm at the ferrule end.
  • It is fitted with a metal ferrule

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