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Whilst on our three day break called in at Thirsk and went into a good Country Clothes and persuits shop there, wandering round I spotted a "Shakespear" fishing rod display stand, the stand holds 30 rods and I was intrigued by the design the rods are just slotted in (no hole to pass thro').

Asked the shop owner if he would mind if I took some photo;s told him I made sticks and would like to make something similar. No problem he replied but I have a spare new one in its box with all fittings, if we can agree on a price, we agreed on 25£ and went straight int the car. build up Photo,s attached.

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Now the proud owner of a polished hardwood 30 stick stand.
 

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You made a very nice purchase with the stand. However, the best part of it is you have some really wonderful sticks to put in it for display.
 

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That's a marvelously simply stand! It would be perfect for displaying at a show. Can you tell me the overall height length and hole size?
No Prob, see attached pic's, this could be made as a 1 sided stand for up against a wall.

The 2 baseboards for the stick feet are set at 45 deg to the base

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I made a copy of the stand and today I got a chance to use it at a sale. I tried selling at a gun show again and did a little better than last time. Anyway. this stand was much nicer than laying my sticks on a table.

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well done nice stand and sticks

would have thought a gun show would be good place to sell .they don't seem to mind paying for quality products .

The quality of items at shows here is very high but there certainly worth there money when compared to the run of the mill stuff.

I spend a lot of time on my carving and as mush on the design trying to get it to sit right and have good visual impact but making me to items only gets peanuts . it has to be well carved well balanced and stand out from the run of the mill.

I have made quite a few now but only consider 20% of them good enough to sell .so often chop them of the shank to re use them
 

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. . . or a .22!

I don't know about England, but over here the hardest thing to overcome is the fear of appearing infirm if you carry one. I guy comes up to my booth all excited and thinks he wants a stick. His buddy makes smart remarks about needing one and it's all over. On the other hand, A guy buys my best walnut and ash Darby without haggling. He walks his dog in the local forest preserve and sees coyotes. He wants something for protection.
 

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Stick sales at the gun shows they run at the local fair grounds here I would think the result would be much like CV3's experience. I have been to a couple and its all about weapons. I'm keeping an eye out for a camping & outdoor show in the area. I would thinking hiking staffs would be a popular item.

Ya never know. My best sales were at a National Forest Campground outside of Yellowstone and I wasn't even out to sell anything. People saw the wife and I out walking with our hiking staffs and bought the sticks we brought for our personal use as well as 2 more I was working on as mementos from the trip!
 

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Great job Lily's Dad, looks very professional when set up at the show. Glad the info came to fruition,

The only modification I am going to make is to cut a carry slot handle to the top vertical piece for ease of moving.

With reference to gun shows the gun shop at our local farm sells gun rest sticks that are basically a oversize thumb stick to support the gun barrel, presumably to aid holding for a period of time in firing position ?
 
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