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Perfect Mother's Day Gift Ideas at The Stick & Cane Shop

Now that we are into March, and the worst of winter (we hope!) is behind us, another big day for mums throughout the country is coming this month. Yes, Mother's Day 2020 is on its way. This year we see the celebration of motherhood coming on 22nd March.

So now is the time to start thinking about what would be the ideal present this year. Normally you cannot go wrong with flowers, but why not take a little twist on that idea and go for a floral walking stick instead?

At The Stick & Cane Shop we have a superb range of floral walking sticks to suit all tastes and budgets. These are also available in either adjustable or folding walking stick models. We have one of the widest ranges of walking sticks available in the UK, so you are sure to find the perfect style! However, sometimes, with so much choice available, it can be difficult to choose, so today we have highlighted a few staff-favourites to get you started.

Please also ensure that you order early so that you receive it in time. It's still two weeks away, but if you are a last minute shopper, we do have a range of shipping options available - including Standard (2-5 working days), Enhanced (1-2 working days) and Express (Next-Working Day) delivery. 

Browse our site today and buy a Mother's Day gift that can be used all year long!

Folding Walking Stick - 5 Sections - All-Over Morris Pattern

One of our more popular sticks, especially around Mother's Day, this adjustable folding walking stick features a beautiful all-over Morris Pattern on the shaft and handle. It has five sections instead of the usual four, so will fold up small enough to fit into a handbag. This stick is lightweight and easy to use it can be snapped open in seconds into a strong support stick yet it folds up easily and can be stored in the clear plastic pouch provided when not in use. Wrist cord included.

The dimensions of the adjustable walking stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 83cm to 90cm in 2.5cm increments
  • Length when folded is 24cm
  • Weight is 300
  • The stick diameter is 20mm at the top section and 16mm at the bottom section
  • It is fitted with a RF80 rubber ferrule size with a 16mm internal diameter

National Gallery Petite Adjustable Folding Cane - Van Gogh Sunflowers

Adjustable Folding Cane featuring a National Gallery art print of Van Gogh's iconic sunflowers. Lightweight and easy to use stick. Both the light and strong aluminium shaft and the plastic handle are patterned, with a gilt trim. Feminine and practical. The shaft folds into four sections. The sections meet with an end-to-end 'easy-joint', which is easily managed by those without much strength in their wrists. It folds up easily and can be stored in the plastic wallet provided when not in use. A very neat and elegant folding cane with a petite handle suitable for smaller hands. An elegant petite folding stick that makes a wonderful gift.Anothe

Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890, Sunflowers (detail), 1888 © The National Gallery, London

The dimensions of the folding walking stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 79cm to 87cm in 2.5cm increments
  • Length when folded is 28cm
  • Weight is 285g
  • The stick diameter is (top section) 19mm
  • The stick diameter is (bottom section) 16mm
  • It is fitted with a RF80 rubber ferrule size 16mm 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 perfect choice for Mum.

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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New Handmade Walking Sticks by John Rennie available for 2020

Back in 2015 we started stocking a range of shepherd's crooks made by prizewinning stickmaker, John Rennie, at The Stick & Cane Shop. This small range proved to be extremely popular with our customers the world over, so we started to sell more crooks from other prizewinning craftsmen from around West Lothian to keep up with demand. They have travelled as far afield as Canada and Australia, and we have regular customers who return each year to purchase these gorgeous unique sticks.

For 2020, we are happy to say that we have been able to stock up with some more crooks, made by the original man himself, John Rennie. We are certain that you will love John's creative style in each of these one-of-a-kind sticks.

John Rennie, from Torphichen, West Lothian, Scotland, has won several awards at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh over the years (see photograph above). He has spent nearly three decades developing his traditional stickmaking technique in his home workshop, and this dedication can be seen in his attention to detail and wonderful stickmaking talent in each unique piece that he creates.

Handmade crooks make a wonderful gift idea for those milestones in life. We've had people purchase them for anniversaries, birthdays and graduations. We've also had farmers from the Lake District and Scottish Highlands purchase them due to their excellent quality. Please note though, that these sticks do tend to sell fast, so it's best to buy soon if you want one.  These are unique pieces, so we will not have the exact same type in stock again. Why not view the selection we have highlighted in this blog today, but if you'd like to see our full range, please visit our Handmade Crooks & Handmade Walking Sticks pages.

Handmade Prizewinning Shepherd's Crooks & Market Sticks by John Rennie

Handmade Petite Oak Shepherd's Crook with Thistle Nose

This beautiful, handmade Shepherd's Crook features a carved Oak Wood handle with Thistle Nose mounted on a knobbly blackthorn. This petite shepherd's crook is 118.5cm in height. The shaft is made from blackthorn, which is prized for its hard-wearing nature, dark colour, and knobbly texture. It has been finished with a lacquered sheen.
  • Length is 118.5cm (approximately 54 inches)
  • Weight is 333g (11.7 oz)
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 21mm (7/8") and tapers down to 15mm (5/8") at the ferrule end.
  • It comes fitted with a rubber ferrule
Handmade Petite Ram's Horn Shepherd's Crook with Curl Nose

Another gorgeous stick from Rennie, in the form of a a handmade petite Shepherd's Crook featuring a handcarved Ram's Horn handle with Curl Nose. It comes mounted on a beautiful mottled hazel shaft. This petite stick is 122cm in height. The shaft is made from a lovely country wood, hazel, prized for its rustic appearance and delightful sheen. The handle is hand carved from Ram's Horn which provides a sturdy handle with a milky cream colour.
  • Length is 122cm (approximately 48 inches)
  • Weight is 432g (15.2 oz)
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 22mm (7/8") and tapers down to 18mm (3/4") at the ferrule end.
  • It comes fitted with a rubber ferrule
Handmade Ram's Horn Market Stick with Buffalo Horn Tip & Collar

If you require a shorter-sized stick, why not check out this handmade Market Stick featuring a carved Ram's Horn with Buffalo Horn Tip & Collar. This handle is mounted on a beautiful hazel shaft, a UK-native species which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour.
  • Length is 124cm (approximately 48 7/8 inches)
  • Weight is 460g (16.2 oz)
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 24mm (1") and tapers down to 18mm (3/4") at the ferrule end.
  • It comes fitted with a rubber ferrule
Handmade U-Shaped Cow Horn Thumbstick

If you prefer a different type of handle, why not consider a thumbstick. Rennie has made this gorgeous Thumbstick, with a U-shaped handle carved from one piece of Cow Horn topped off with curled tips. The shaft is made from the traditional country wood, hazel, which is prized for its interesting sheen and colour. Features cow horn ferrule.
  • Length is 121cm to thumb rest (approximately 47 5/8 inches)
  • Overall length of stick is 125cm (approximately 48 2/8 inches)
  • Weight is 312g (11 oz)
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 22mm (7/8") and tapers down to 17mm (3/4") at the ferrule end.
  • Fitted with a cow horn ferrule
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Expanded range of Brazos Walking Sticks

Since we started stocking Brazos walking sticks around two years ago, they have proven to be very popular with our customers. Our range at the time focused solely on a selection of their handmade hiking staves, in beautiful woods such as Sassafras, Hickory, Ironwood and Sweet Gum. This year we have expanded our Brazos range to include their handcrafted walking sticks and knob sticks too!

Who are Brazos Walking Sticks and where are they made?

Brazos Walking Sticks is a family operated stick making company and located in the beautiful Brazos River Valley of central Texas. They have been producing high-quality, handcrafted walking sticks and canes for the better part of two decades and most of their products are made in workshops located within a few miles of their facilities by skilled local craftsmen who are also their neighbours, family and friends. Their exquisite line of sticks and canes consists of over 600 variations in design ranging from sophisticated elegance to classic rustic. Every item is individually crafted from the finest woods including sassafras, hickory and sweet gum, resulting in a unique one-of-a-kind treasure.

Brazos Hiking Staves

Brazos Hiking Staves at The Stick & Cane Shop

As well as having our customers' favourite Brazos walking sticks back in stock for Christmas 2019, we have also expanded the range we have on offer to include some lovely new handcrafted designs. One particular hiking stave that we just love is the Brazos Leather Safari Exotic Wood Hickory Handcrafted Hiking Stick. This gorgeous hiking stave has a substantial weight to it and it feels strong and solid in your hand. To make the Leather Safari Walking Stick Brazos has taken their venerable Hickory Walking Stick and accented it with a leather handle comprised of 35 layers of vegetable tanned leather sandwiched between rings of the exotic woods brass, padouk, and ebony imported from either Africa or South America. Each piece of hickory is carefully chosen, cut, sanded, and sprayed with a protective, clear coat lacquer. If you are looking for a gift idea for someone who enjoys walking in the great outdoors, this stick makes the perfect choice!

Brazos Walking Sticks

Brazos Walking Sticks at The Stick & Cane Shop

Our 2019 expanded range from Brazos now includes their much sought after traditional walking sticks. We have a range of four to choose from, made from woods such as Oak, Hickory, Sassafras and Aromatic Cedar. These all feature a distinctive twist effect to the shaft and a comfortable derby-esque handle with a metal Brazos branded badge inset into the wood.

Brazos Knob Sticks

Brazos Knob Sticks at The Stick & Cane Shop

A final addition to our new stock from Brazos this year includes three delightful Brazos knob sticks. Like the others, these are all individually handcrafted by talented local craftsmen in Texas, USA. Choose from Oak and Hickory, these are topped by a comfortable knob handle that has been carved in a lathe before being attached to the beautiful rustic shaft with a twisted effect along its length. One particular favourite of ours is the Brazos Twisted Oak Brass Hame Knob Stick. This delightful walking stick features a stunning brass knob handle giving it an exquisite quality. The perfect gift idea for Christmas!

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Why choose a walking stick umbrella?

What is a walking stick umbrella?

Walking stick umbrellas, or umbrella walking sticks, combine the sturdiness and support of a walking stick, with the benefit of an umbrella. They are the perfect 2-in-1 choice.

Why choose a walking stick umbrella?

Walking stick umbrellas are ideal for people who like to have the convenience of an umbrella on hand should it start to rain, but also like to use the shaft as a walking stick for balance & support when walking.

Can I use a normal umbrella as a walking stick?

In short, no. Traditional umbrellas are not designed to be weight-bearing, so they are not recommended for use as a support stick, so the walking stick umbrella provides this support as well as providing a capacious canopy if the heavens should open up when you are out and about!

Where can I buy a Walking Stick Umbrella?

At the
Stick and Cane Shop we have a selection of Walking Stick Umbrellas designed to suit all needs and tastes, available from a range of different manufacturers. Why not visit our full range of umbrella walking sticks now?

The Stick & Cane Shop's Top 3 Walking Stick Umbrellas

3) At Number 3 we have the Tartan Walking Stick Umbrella. This stylish walking stick umbrella has a grey and purple tartan canopy, and features a soft-touch crutch handle. 

Grey Tartan Walking Stick Umbrella

It has a manual opening mechanism providing an umbrella in grey check tartan, fibreglass ribs, metal shaft. Rubber ferrule to tip. Perfect if you need a stick, but want the appearance and usefulness of a functioning umbrella too! Length adjustable from 82 to 91cm

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Easy glide manual opening
  • Fibreglass ribs, metal shaft
  • Soft-feel crutch handle
  • Rubber ferrule to tip
  • Length adjustable from 82 to 91cm

2) Following on from the above, at number 2 we have the M&P Height Adjustable Walking Stick Umbrella. This walking stick umbrella has a classic black canopy and the shaft can be adjusted to provide the perfect length for use as a walking stick.
M&P Height Adjustable Walking Stick Umbrella
This sturdy unisex walking stick umbrella features a high quality construction and a mahogany coloured wooden Derby handle. Height can be adjusted to 87cm, 90cm or 93cm, by adding or removing 2 metal spacers. Easy glide manual opening. Rubber ferrule and black sheath to cover furled umbrella.
  • Manual opening, aluminium/fiberglass frame
  • 8 double fibreglass ribs for strength
  • Mahogany coloured wooden Derby handle
  • Height can be adjusted to 87, 90 or 93cm
  • Rubber ferrule and black sheath to cover furled umbrella
  • Length including handle 87, 90 or 93cm
  • Span when open approx 106cm
  • Weight 650g
1) And at Number 1 we have a walking stick umbrella that is actually 3-in-1 as it provides a comfortable leather seat too! The Walking Stick Umbrella with Leather Seat is the perfect choice for people who enjoy the countryside and outdoors events. 
Walking Stick Umbrella with Leather Seat

It is a practical and stylish seat stick that can convert to an umbrella in moments. The leather seat opens to provide a comfortable perch when required. The handles are trimmed with leather and the stainless steel leg is fitted with a folding ground plate so it can be used on soft ground without sinking. The fibreglass umbrella frame is fitted with a nylon canopy in a tasteful shade of country green.
  • Overall walking length is 96cm (38")
  •  Sitting height is 81cm (32") 
  • Diameter of the umbrella canopy when opened is 91cm (36") 
  • Weight is 965g 
  • Recommended user weight limit is 100kg (approximately 16 stone)

If you like these and would like to see our full range, why not visit the Walking Stick Umbrella section at The Stick & Cane Shop now.

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New Leather Seat Sticks from Classic Canes

We have added two new leather seat sticks to our already large range at The Stick & Cane Shop this week, and we are sure these are going to be popular with our customers, particularly as we head towards Christmas (yes, I know, the C-word has been used already and it's only October!) These quality seat sticks are both made in the UK and feature high quality leather coverings. One is a tripod-style seat stick and the other is an adjustable sling seat stick.

At the Stick and Cane Shop we have a large range of walking stick seats of various styles. These generally come in two varieties: The walking stick seats, which can be opened to provide a temporary seat when necessary; and the Tripod Seat Sticks, which open to provide a 3-legged and more stable seat.

Walking stick seats are specifically are ideal for resting on country pursuits, outdoor events, country events, or picnics. These open up at the top to provide a sling which provides a useful seat when outdoors, while the shaft of the stick can generally be adjusted in height and placed on the ground using the spike. Whether you are looking for a hunter's seat stick for outdoors use or a tripod seat stick for use around the house or in town, we are sure you will find the ideal walking stick seat to suit your needs here.

Tripod Seat Sticks, on the other hand, are perfect for those of you who need a walking stick that also doubles as a stable seat. The stick folds out to provide a stable tripod construction that allows you to sit down securely without having to balance. They also have the advantage of being able to be used indoors, so can come in very handy whether you are at home or if you need a seat when out at the shops!
Seat Sticks are ideal for those of you who 

New Leather Swivel Seat Stick

The NEW Leather Swivel Seat Stick is a traditional leather seat stick, with a twist, made in Britain. Fitted with a leather sling seat and leather-covered handles and leg. A smart leather strap fixes with a brass popper when the seat is in the closed position. Height adjustable so that the walking height can be fixed at intervals between 81 and 99cm, and the sitting height between 66 and 84cm. This seat can swivel through 360 degrees while the shaft remains in place.

The dimensions of the leather swivel seat stick are:
  • Walking height 81cm to 99cm in 4.5cm increments
  • Seat height - adjustable between 66cm and 84cm in 4.5cm increments
  • Weight is 1050g
  • For ferrules to fit, see Black Rubber Ferrule for Seat Sticks (Code: 013716)
New Leather Tripod Seat Stick

The NEW Leather Tripod Seat Stick available at The Stick & Cane Shop, is a traditional tripod seat stick with leather-covered seat and crook handle.  Folds out to form a convenient three legged seat.  Highly polished metal framework and legs fitted with non-slip rubber ferrules (Type B19 rubber ferrule).  A very smart accessory for town or country.  Made in Britain.

The dimensions of the seat stick are:
  • Walking height 89cm
  • Seat height 50cm
  • Weight is 1400g
  • The stick diameter is 19mm
  • For replacement ferrules see B19 Seat Stick Rubber Ferrule - 19mm
So if you like these, why not check out our full range of Walking Stick Seats and Tripod Seat Sticks today at The Stick & Cane Shop!
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Oak Walking Sticks at The Stick & Cane Shop

In our blog this week we thought we would take a closer look at a particular walking stick wood-type, Oak.

Oak is a very sturdy hardwood that, thanks to its density and hardwearing properties, has been the wood of choice by craftsmen for centuries. It also provides an excellent raw-material for walking sticks that not only provide the user with a trusty walking companion that lasts a lifetime, but also has a beautiful aesthetic thanks to its gorgeous grain.

At the Stick & Cane Shop we have selected two very different Oak walking sticks to feature in our blog this week. One has a very natural rustic charm while the other has been worked and varnished so that the natural grain can be seen. They both offer the same benefits of trustworthiness and stability as walking sticks, while highlighting the variety of craftsmanship that goes into the making of these sticks. 

Natural Oak Crook Walking Stick - Peeled

The Natural peeled oak crook handled walking stick is full of rustic charm. The raw oak material has been peeled of bark, and steamed to allow the crook handle to be fashioned. This has then been allowed to dry, letting the wood solidify into its final shape. This method of stickmaking provides a stick with a traditional rustic charm that stays true to the original branch of wood from which the stick was made, allowing the natural grain and wood knots to provide each stick with its own unique character.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
~ Length is 92cm
~ Weight is 448g
~ The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is approx 30mm and tapers down to 22mm at the ferrule end
~ It is fitted with an "RFA22" type rubber ferrule size 22mm internal diameter

Holm Oak Derby Walking Stick

New to The Stick & Cane Shop is this modern Derby Cane Made From Holm Oak. Holm oak is also known as 'holly oak', and its botanical name, Quercus ilex, refers to its similarity to holly, which is in the Ilex genus. This hardwood cane features a beautiful grain, which is shown off beautifully in this Holm Oak Derby Cane. This cane features a modern take on the traditional derby handle, providing a comfortable grip. The oak handle and shaft are joined at the neck of this stick by a delightful yet understated golden gilt collar. A beautifully crafted stick that is suitable for every day use, or as a dress-cane for special occasions!

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
~ Length is 96cm
~ Weight is 360g
~ The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is 22mm and tapers down to 18mm at the ferrule end
~ It is fitted with an "RFC19" type rubber ferrule size 19mm internal diameter
Created On  14 Sep 2018 15:00  -  Permalink