Just thought that I would introduce oneself. My name is Neil, I am 45 years old, registered disabled but used to work in the Steel Industry, I can only work on my sticks when my body allows me so I do not do this as a business. I enjoy stick making, I am not very good at it but I REALLY enjoy myself having a go and that, for me, is what matters. Regards. N.
Get a carving glove, or at least some finger protectors. A shop apron, or something that might hinder a slipped knife or dropped tool. I have a magnifying visor, as my eyes aren't so keen anymore if the light isn't really bright, such as direct sun light.
I see more and more guys carrying and using sticks and canes, but for every one that is hand made, there are probably 20 mass produced cheeps. Hard to make much $ from the work, but it is very edifying when someone complements a piece, or a friend asks for 1.
Welcome Neil! Good, bad, indifferent. It doesn't matter. Enjoying yourself while you work on them does. Stick making is a great hobby. It doesn't take a lot of space or money tied up in tools to produce a good stick.
Thanks to all for your welcome, I really appreciate all of your words of encouragement. I also forgot to mention that I am from a county in the UK called South Yorkshire. I love my area, I live in a semi rural village and have access to some excellent woods (Hazel, Ash, Sycamore, Birch and Blackthorn which seems to be the most sought after over here.) Thanks again fellas, I look forward to more interaction soon. N.
There are a lot of stickmakers in Yorkshire so there should be a stikmakers club around you.
Your pretty lucky to have access to al those varieties of woods i just seem to have access to hazel.which i harvest myself.
There is a lot more variety in english style of stickmaking with more attention paid to either one piece sticks market sticks and carved toppers .Rams and water buffalo horn thumbsticks are very popular with carved dogs and wild fowl being popular
Hi Neil, I see you joined just a few days before I did so thank you for your welcome and a hearty welcome to the forum from me. I see you're a young man so you have a great start to becoming a terrific stick maker. Good luck with your endeavors and please do not hesitate to call on me. I will be happy to help you in whatever way I can.
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