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The Walking Stick

Walking sticks or canes have been around since humans started walking upright on two feet and it was only a plain straight or crooked sturdy dried up tree branch. It was a very close and personal item. From a long time use and handling, it became shiny, almost as if it was varnished. It was used mainly to keep a steady balance while walking or even to keep predators at a distance.

In Biblical times, the walking stick was mentioned quite often. Those sent off in exile, journeyed longer distances supported and balanced by their walking sticks. I am sure Moses and John the Baptist used them as a walking aid. Shepherds used them to tend to their flocks and protect them from predators. In Mythical and Faery tail stories, the walking stick had magical powers. Leaders of people, caregivers and protectors would have a more elaborately carved and personalised stick with a top that represents something that they consider dear to them, like the head of an animal, a plant or flower, or something mythical and mysterious. Some have a whole story carved along the whole length of the cane. Ceremonial places like coronations, the opening of Parliament have a symbolic staff carried in.

I started carving walking sticks out of boredom while on camping trips with friends. Around the campfire while telling stories, I always had a pocket knife in hand and was chipping away on a dried-up stick. The finished rough product always ended up in the possession of one of the friends. As time passed on, the word got out and more people wanted special walking sticks with a top that represented something they really cherished.

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dylan permalink
    October 29, 2014 1:32 pm

    Do you sell walking sticks?

  2. October 29, 2014 9:49 pm

    Yes I do, but at the moment I don’t have any left. I usually carve them on commission because they have to be fitted to the customer’s height and hand grip. The customer usually also decides what to carve for the top part. Waiting period could be up to a year, depending on the raw dry wood on hand.
    Cheers,
    Alex.

  3. marina permalink
    January 30, 2017 5:51 pm

    Hello,
    I love that you carve personalized walking sticks! Im curious if you still do this and, if so, I’d like to know more about pricing and sizing, etc.
    Thank you,
    Marina

    • January 30, 2017 7:29 pm

      Hi,
      Thank you for the enquiry,
      Yes, I am still carving them and it all depends on the customer, how long the detail on the shaft below the handle and what the theme for the top etc… Anyway, the price will range from $450.00 and up… Unfortunately the waiting time is quite long because the wood itself has to dry for at least one year in order to avoid splitting and I have some already dry ready to be carved and I have some that I just got from the forest in the fall of 2016. That doesn’t mean that I might be able to start carving right-a-way since the design might not suit the dry wood I have. Please keep in touch and let me know if you have something in mind already.
      Cheers,
      Alex.

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