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Celebrating 10 Years with a Fresh Design at The Stick & Cane Shop

Celebrating 10 Years of The Stick & Cane Shop

This year marks our tenth birthday at The Stick & Cane Shop and to celebrate our birthday we have redesigned our website! The fresh look brings some new and exciting features making it easier for you to navigate, find the products that suit your needs best as well as offering much more advice and suggestions.

A Clearer Main Page

The main page that you visit has had a full re-design from top to bottom. Still featuring the same natural colours as before, we have cleared it up to include more white space so that there is less 'visual clutter' making it easier for you to browse and find the products you need.

The top of the screen contains most of the main areas you need when you visit, with quick links to log into your account, contact customer service and find our social media channels. The main menu bar, as before, is your main route into all of our products too. Below this we feature our beautiful carousel which is updated constantly to feature the main stock, brands and seasonal information. Below this we also have direct links to our main brands, helping you to find the names you know and love. Further down we have selected products that change from week-to-week and month-to-month featuring highlights that we think you will love.

We also now have a new area on the front page that provides you with frequently asked, essential information and tips such as:
  • Which handle is for you? 
  • How to Measure for a Walking Stick?
  • How to Fit a Wrist Cord
  • How to Adjust a Folding or Extending Cane

A Refreshed Main Menu

We have updated and simplified the main menu to make it easier to navigate our site. Using beautiful fresh graphics, the menu features clear images for each category, providing a simplified view of the different sticks available. 

Refreshed Main Menu at The Stick & Cane Shop

Updated Stick & Cane Shop Product PagesUpdated Product Pages with Clearer Images

We appreciate that with such personal things as walking sticks, it can be difficult to choose simply from browsing online, so we have enhanced the product pages too. Each product now has a delightful new page featuring the same clearer design, which we hope makes it easier for our customers to browse. We are refreshing all our images this year, so each product will now feature new images that show each product from a variety of angles. The images will also feature larger zoom images, allowing you to magnify the product to see all the details of our lovely sticks and canes. 

Product descriptions are also in the process of being enhanced, providing our customers with more detail and clearer information about each product. Over the coming months we will also be revising the measurements to provide more detail, including imperial as well as metric measurements.

Each product also has a handy tab with customer reviews, so you can see what other customers have been saying about each product before you choose to buy!

We have also included clear graphics that link to our VAT reduction scheme, How to Measure for a Stick, Delivery Options, Our Returns Policy and the Enhanced Security of our website.

Our product pages also display other related items that we think would go along well with the product you are viewing.

So all in all, we hope you enjoy the new look Stick & Cane Shop website, and whether you are an existing customer who has been with us for the past decade, or a new customer just finding us, please stop by, browse our pages and we hope to serve you soon!

Created On  13 Jul 2018 15:00  -  Permalink

Gift Ideas for Father's Day on 17th June

It's Father's Day on the 17th of June and no doubt many of us will be wondering what present to get for that special father figure in our lives. This year why not give him a gift that you know will be used and one that will last a lifetime?

A walking stick can be a very personal item, so with this in mind we have a wide range of sticks available to suit most needs and tastes. Whether your father needs a stick for everyday orthopaedic use, an occasional stick for dressier occasions, or perhaps your dad is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys long walks in the British countryside, we are sure to have the ideal gift for you at The Stick & Cane Shop.

Our selection of sticks in this gift guide covers a range of uses to suit a variety of budgets, but if you do not find the ideal gift here, you can see our full catalogue of sticks and canes by using the menu bar at the top of this page.

We hope these suggestions help, but if you do have any further questions, please let us know at the bottom of this page, or you can always contact us directly.

Classical Silver Plate Cap Walking Stick

Ideal for the sophisticated gentleman around town, the Classical Silver Plate Cap Walking Stick is a wonderful example of the classic British formal cane. Whether it is used for weddings, formal occasions, or a night out at the theatre, this is a gift that can be used all-year-round and will be a talking point no matter what the event. The flat top cap is silver plated and it is mounted on a black hardwood shaft.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 92cm
  • Weight is 365g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is 22mm and tapers down to 19mm at the ferrule end
  • It is fitted with a rubber ferrule

Gents Birch Derby Walking Stick - Extra Wide Handle

This Gentlemen's Birch Derby Walking Stick is a beautiful cane featuring an extra-wide birch derby handle. This would make a beautiful gift for Father's Day and is ideal for men who need a day-to-day walking stick that looks great too. The birch derby handle is utterly exquisite, with a highly detailed wood-grain. This delightful birch handle is mounted on a cherry-stained hardwood shaft, which complements the handle beautifully. The addition of a neat brass collar gives this stick an elegant appearance. Rubber ferrule tip attached.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is 97cm
  • Weight is 370g
  • The stick diameter at the top just under the handle is 21mm and tapers down to 20mm at the ferrule end
  • It is fitted with an "RFD19" type rubber ferrule size 19mm internal diameter

Brazos Twisted Sweet Gum Handcrafted Hiking Stick

If your father enjoys long outdoor walks in the British countryside, then we are sure the would love the Twisted Sweet Gum Hiking Stick for its strength, versatility, and beauty. Handmade in Texas this best-selling walking stick, is lightweight with a beautiful spiral-cut pattern along the shaft. This distinctive hardwood, with its darkish bark and grain, is an ideal walking aid for trekking through both neighbourhoods and wooded trails.  The finished staff is a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted walking stick that is both sturdy and attractive.

The dimensions of the walking stick are:
  • Length is approximately 140cm
  • Weight is 620g
  • It is fitted with a heavy duty rubber ferrule

Folding Trekking Pole - Red

Another fantastic gift idea for the dad that enjoys the outdoors is the Folding Trekking Pole, here in Red, but is also available in Black and Moorland Grey. These poles help to reduce the load borne by the walker's legs. A single pole used in the manner of a traditional walking stick gives support and balance on easy terrain, while a pair of poles is recommended for more difficult walks. Folding, lightweight and telescopic. With clear plastic pouch. Upright handle, wrist strap.

The dimensions of the adjustable trekking pole are:
  • Length is adjustable from 115cm to 125cm
  • Length when folded is 42cm
  • Weight is 511g
  • The stick diameter is 19mm
  • It is fitted with a RFD10 hiking pole ferrule size with a 10mm internal diameter
Created On  7 Jun 2018 13:15  -  Permalink

New Range of Brazos Hiking Staves

It has been a busy few weeks at the Stick & Cane Shop as we gear up for the Winter season. We have some fantastic sticks from a variety of stick makers that are new in stock this season, but we thought we would focus on one brand new line in our blog this week.

We are happy to announce that we now sell a range of Hiking Staves from Brazos as part of our wider range of hand-crafted walking sticks. Brazos are a stick-making company based in Texas, US and their craftsmen produce a range of rugged and beautifully rustic hiking staves that we are sure are going to be a hit with our customers this year. In fact, just this morning we sold one to a local collector who was excited to see our new line of sticks!

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.

At the Stick & Cane Shop we have three main types of Bravos Hiking Staves. The first is the Freeform Hiking Stave which comes in a variety of wood types and the stick maker really makes the wood speak for itself. The Freeform staves show the original branch off to beautiful effect, with the treatment limited to a bare minimum, allowing the natural grain and shape of the chosen wood to shine through. We have these in the following wood types: Diamond Willow, Hickory, Sassafras and Ironwood.

The second type of Bravos Hiking Stave is the Twisted variety. These canes are left with the bark on, except for a spiral line running down the shaft to expose the woodgrain underneath, providing an exquisite trusty and sturdy hiking stave that will last a lifetime. These would certainly make a particularly great gift for the menfolk in your life!

Finally we have the Hitchiker variety of Brazos sticks. These have been sculpted and sanded into a beautifully tactile stick that has a distinct shape making it comfortable to hold and to use on those long countryside walks. This variety is available in Hickory wood or a combination of Exotic woods (Ebony, Cocobolo, Maple, and Bocote)

So why not visit our Brazos Hiking Stave page today at the Stick & Cane Shop and make Brazos your choice this season. You can also find out more about the making of Brazos Sticks in the video below.

Created On  27 Oct 2017 13:15  -  Permalink

Switch Sticks - Fashionable Walking Sticks, Crutches & Seat Sticks

Many of our regular customers and followers of our Stick and Cane Shop blog will know already about our superb range of Switch Sticks that we have in stock. Switch Sticks have taken the standard, run-of-the-mill walking stick and turned it into something that is fashionable and trendy. And why not? Why be stuck with a dull grey NHS-style stick that is purely functional when you can have a stick that says something about you, your personality and tastes? It is for this reason that Switch Sticks, with their stylish designs, have been successful and in demand ever since we started stocking them!

Today, I thought we'd look through the entire range of models available. These models suit a whole variety of mobility needs and requirements. For those who want a more traditionally-shaped stick for day-to-day use, we have our standard Switch Sticks in a variety of patterns and colours. On the other hand, for those of you recovering from an injury and require a bit more stability, we have Switch Sticks Crutches available. Last but not least, for those out there in need of a rest when out and about, we also have the Switch Sticks Seat Sticks available.

With this fantastic range of makes and models, in addition to the wide range of colourful designs available, you are sure to find the ideal Switch Stick to suit your mobility needs at the Stick and Cane Shop!

Luxury Carnival Switch Stick

The beautifully vibrant 'Carnival' Switch Stick designed by Caroline Morgan features a swirl of colours and gold shimmer. This is a lightweight, adjustable and folding walking stick. Colours: Shaft - Scarlet handle and rubber ferrule with a red wrist strap. Gift boxed and comes complete with draw string bag and velcro tie strap.

The dimensions of the folding walking stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 81cm to 94cm (32" to 37") in 2.5cm increments
  • Weight is 400g
  • The stick diameter is 19mm
  • It is fitted with a RFD19 rubber ferrule size 19mm internal diameter

Soiree Folding Walking Stick from Switch Sticks - Ruby

Elegantly engraved 'Soiree' Switch Stick in Ruby is ideal for special occasions. This is a lightweight, adjustable and folding walking stick. Colours: Shaft - Ruby Red with silver engraving. Matt red handle and red rubber ferrule with silver band and red wrist strap. Gift boxed and comes complete with draw string bag and velcro tie strap.

The dimensions of the folding walking stick are:
  • Length is adjustable from 81cm to 94cm (32" to 37") in 2.5cm increments
  • Weight is 400g
  • The stick diameter is 19mm

Switch Sticks Crutch - Ocean

The Ocean Switch Sticks Crutch has a deep blue base colour featuring circles of blue hues. Switch Sticks have adopted the popular Continental European crutch standard which are renowned for their comfort and use of ergonomic materials. They are lightweight, being made from high grade aluminium which gives superior strength and durability. The handles are made from TPR for extra comfort and grip. They are open cuffs and so will not grip your arm. Reflectors allow for extra added safety and are tested and approved to TUV standards.

The dimensions of the crutch are:
  • Length is adjustable from 75cm to 97.5cm (30-39") in 2.5cm increments
  • Weight is 550g
  • Will hold weights up to 100kgs
  • The stick diameter is 19mm

Switch Sticks Tripod Seat - Bubbles

The Switch Sticks Bubbles Seat stick is a contemporary folding seat stick featuring a seat folds out onto a tripod providing you with a comfortable seat when resting whilst providing support when walking. Truly Funk-tional! It is ideal for use on hard surfaces, and it is easy to transport as it is made of lightweight aluminium frame with black plastic seat and rubber feet.

The dimensions of the seat stick are:
  • Length is 86cm to handle
  • Seat height is 56cm
  • Weight is 960g
  • The stick diameter is 19mm
  • Maximum weight capacity 100kg (approx 16 stone or 220lbs)
  • It is fitted with a RFD19 rubber ferrule size 19mm internal diameter
Created On  7 Aug 2017 10:15  -  Permalink

New Seat Sticks for Days Out

If you are planning some days out or weekends away this August our blog this week will certainly be of interest. We have taken stock of some brand new seat sticks and we are sure they will be a hit with our customers this season.

The Packaway Seat Stick

The first is the very useful and compact Packaway Seat Stick. This is a contemporary and robust folding seat stick that comes with its own sturdy carrying case.  The portable Packaway seat stick can be used on soft or hard surfaces thanks to an interchangeable ground plate and rubber ferrule system. Made in Great Britain, this stick will provide reassurance to many of you who find walking long distances difficult, or just want to take the strain off your legs for a little while when out and about this season.

Further details of adjustable seat stick are:
  • Length is adjustable between 84 to 92cm
  • Height to seat when seated is adjustable from 79 to 86cm
  • Length when folded is approximately 33.5 cm
  • Weight is 1kg
  • Very sturdy stick, able to support a maximum user weight of 125kg (19.5 stone)
  • Made in the UK

The Promenade Dark Brown Leather Seat Stick

The Promenade Leather Seat Stick is a classically styled seat stick that features a dark brown leather sling seat and handle covers. Whether you are walking on hard or soft ground, this stick is up to the challenge as it comes packaged with convenient interchangeable rubber and point-and-plate (spike) ferrules - just attach the relevant tip and the other can be attached further up the shaft so that it isn't lost. The Promenade Seat Stick is also adjustable to suit your height when walking and while sitting. So whether you are using this for long country walks or for walking around in town, this is a sturdy, practical addition that can easily be stowed away in the car when not in use.

The dimensions of the adjustable seat stick are:

  • Length is adjustable from between 77 to 97cm
  • Height to seat when seated is adjustable from 61 to 81cm
  • Weight is 1090g
  • The stick diameter is 20mm
  • The recommended user weight limit is 100kg
  • It is fitted with interchangeable spike & rubber ferrules

We hope you like these new seat sticks as much as we do, but if you would like to see our full range, why not visit our Seat Stick page at the Stick & Cane Shop today?

Created On  2 Aug 2017 12:25  -  Permalink

New Dress Canes at the Stick & Cane Shop

Our blog this week was going to feature three brand new sticks that we have just started selling at the Stick & Cane Shop. However, on adding it to our website today, one of them sold out in the first 5 minutes! Still, with it being this popular, we will certainly be getting the beautiful Art Deco Mother of Pearl & Onyx Black Derby Walking Stick back in stock soon.

A Classic Parquetry-Styled Walking Stick

The other two new sticks are absolutely delightful. The first is very similar to one that we sold previously, but made with better quality wood. The Exotic Parquetry Derby Walking Stick in Ebony, Maple and Padouk Wood is sure to be a hit with our customers. This is a rather unusual parquetry-inspired derby cane for the walking stick connoisseur.  The striking handle is made from laminated strips of ebony (black) maple (cream) and padouk (dark red) wood.  The shaft is made from black beech wood, with a dark red stained strip to complement the padouk wood. This cane has a classic styling that will look great no matter whether you are using it for day-to-day use, or for a night out on the town!

The dimensions of the derby stick are:
  • Length is 94cm
  • Weight is 330g
  • The stick diameter is 20mm
  • It is fitted with an "RFA19" type rubber ferrule size 19mm internal diameter

An Evening Cane for those Special Occasions

If you are looking for an extra-special stick, for those classier occasions, look no further than the Chrome Plated Filigree Promenade Cane. This is an elegant Promenade Dress Cane made with exquisite attention to details. The hollow chrome plated handle features a basket-weave pattern on the two broader sides and a filigree pattern on the two narrower sides.  The shaft is black painted beech wood, fitted with a discreet non-slip rubber ferrule, that will provide stability while also protecting the tip from knocks and dents. An ideal stick for those black tie events!

The dimensions of the promenade cane are:
  • Length is 92.5cm
  • Weight is 280g
  • The stick diameter is 18mm
  • It is fitted with an 'A' type ferrule with a 16mm internal diameter

Created On  14 Jul 2017 13:53  -  Permalink