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Hello! I am a relatively new member to the British Stickmakers Guild having discovered the joy of stickmaking after a stint of upcycling wooden pallets and some light whittling. I found it relaxing to sit in my garage quietly working on an ash shank my grandfather had cut years ago (images of completed product attached) as a time-out from my young family!

I have various shanks seasoning in my garage, of different woods, but am anxious at the thought of trying to straighten them despite advice from fellow members I have met at the Highclere and Royal Welsh shows. I bought several straightened shanks to get working on yet still cannot quite fit a ferrule flush nor have I discovered the best finish.

I prefer, at this stage, natural shanks for practical purposes, and so am in the process of making walking and hiking sticks as gifts with different lengths, all with ferrules and finished with Danish oil. I then try to add a flourish of leather or paracord wrap.

The purpose of my joining this forum is to find out about the basics of stickmaking for layman such as myself. I would dearly like to know the secrets of ferrule fitting; the best finishes; preparing natural handles (knob stick etc); and effective practical techniques for wraps using paracord or leather.

I imagine there are a fair few members who enjoy the rougher, tougher side of stickmaking for practical work!

I look forward to learning the tricks of the trade.
 

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Hello, I am a British stick maker, a member of the British Stickmakers Guild and editor of their magazine "Stickmaker," This is a 48 page magazine issued free to all members of the Guild in January, April, July and October.

We currently have in excess of 1,500 members, including 12 from the USA.

I look forward to becoming an active member of the Walking-stick Forum.
 

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Hello, I am a British stick maker, a member of the British Stickmakers Guild and editor of their magazine "Stickmaker," This is a 48 page magazine issued free to all members of the Guild in January, April, July and October.

We currently have in excess of 1,500 members, including 12 from the USA.

I look forward to becoming an active member of the Walking-stick Forum.
Hello Harry. Glad you found the forum. I am one of the newest of your USA members. I am enjoying the first 3 of the years magazines.
 

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I am also a member of the guild and as Harry has said look at there Facebook site outstanding craftsmanship. One day will be somewhere near as good as some of them I hope. there dedication is amazing
 

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Welcome Will and Harry!

Lol999: No stick making clubs in my area but I do belong to an excellent woodturning club. There's a lot of benefits to it including live demonstrations, monthly hands on instruction and discounted supplies to name a few. The hands on instruction and live demonstrations are priceless to me. In my experience nothing beats real live instruction from people who are experts at what they do. As much as the folks here are willing to help with advice it's still not the same as live instruction.

Will a cheap set of calipers will go a long way toward getting a good fit on your ferrules. They will remove a lot of guess work.

Rodney
 

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Welcome to Will and Harry, I also am a member of the BSG and a member of Five Towns and District Stick Club who meet at the Crofton Working Mmens Club (Wakefield West Yorkshire) at 7:30 pm Tuesday nights.
 

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Hi Will

I see that you went to Highclere when you would have seen Calleva Stickdressers I am Chairman. Where are you based if in our area please get in touch our website for details www.callevastickdressers.org.uk
 
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