|Project by Rafe Demers||posted 08-22-2015 12:09 PM||885 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
When I started getting back into woodworking a few years ago I thought that making a walking stick would be an easy and fun project to get me back into the game. After making a couple sticks I realized that I was hooked and started looking for ideas to expand my skills and came across a book that changed everything. The book “Stickmaking, A Complete Course” by Andrew Jones and Clive George opened me up to a whole new world. I found that Stickmaking or Stickdressing is a trade and hobby commonly found throughout the UK and Europe and has been around for ages. One of the more common style sticks is the Shepard’s Crook which is traditionally used in sheep farming but is also frequently used a a walking stick to “ramble” about in the country. They are typically made from Ram’s Horn, Wood and sometimes Water Buffalo Horn. I have found it difficult to obtain either horn here in New England so I decided I would focus on making one from wood first and as time permits work my way up to getting some good quality horn in the future. This crook is made from Figured Cherry and is mounted on a Natural Hazel Shank with a white bone spacer. I loved every minute of making this project and appreciate you taking a look.
By the way I have no affiliation with the authors or publishers of the book I mentioned but if you are interested in Stickmaking I suggest you check it out.
-- Rafe Demers