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 RennieHandmade 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.
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.
Handmade Ram's Horn Market Stick with Buffalo Horn Tip & Collar
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.