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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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