Stickmaking Handbook is a fantastic introduction to the wonderful world of creating a wide range of traditional walking sticks, market sticks and crooks; there are 21 projects in total. Suitable timbers are covered in detail as well as alternative materials such as ram's horn, antler, buffalo and cow's horn. Techniques and tips on straightening sticks, fitting handles and fixing a ferrule are thoroughly explained. Stickmaking Handbook also discusses seasoning timbers, shaping, carving and shanking handles as well as a wide range of colouring and finishing methods.
The text is clear, concise, approachable and encouraging, making it ideal for newcomers to this long-established craft; Features 21 projects with templates, diagrams and plenty of photographs to aid the reader; A beautiful array of woods and other natural materials are used for the projects.
Andrew Jones has spent his life as a farmer in West Wales. An uncle cultivated his interest in making sticks and encouraged him to enter his work in local craft shows. Andrew specialises in making horn crooks and Cardigan walking sticks. Clive George has had a life-long interest in stickmaking and a move to a small holding in Wales led to a fortuitous meeting and eventual collaboration in this book.