New crooks ready for the spring time!

After selling out at Christmas I am pleased to say I have new crooks available. Just six horn crooks for now, 4 rams horn crooks and 2 buffalo crooks.

As always each crooks has its own brief description beneath it. All crooks can be shortened if needed and will come with a brass ferrule fitted to the bottom of the shank.  These are made from natural products so will have natural imperfections. All crooks are extremely strong and the horn ones are suitable to work with or just for an enjoyable Sunday walk in the hills.

UK postage £20.

All enquiries to lordscountrysticks@gmail.com

Thank you for looking,

Mark

 

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A lovely chunky rams horn crook with cream Welsh mountain sheep horn on a hazel shank. A bit heavier than most measuring approx 52″ in length and suitable for a working shepherd. A beautiful tool for use in the field. £200 SOLD GL

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An attractive looking rams horn crook with hazel shank with lots of character. If you like blushing in the horn (from where the rams been fighting!) then this is the crook for you. A nice crook for the working small holder measuring approx 51.5″ in length. £175 SOLD RS

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A sturdy crook measuring approx 52″ in length. A nice attractive dark cream horn and attractive hazel shank. A great stick for the working gentleman for the farm, at the peg or a gentle stroll. £180 SOLD JC

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There were some angry rams in the welsh fields last year as here is another with plenty of blushing. Another very nice crook measuring approx 52″ in length with hazel shank. Lots of character and a true country companion. £175 RESERVED RB

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Prefer black to cream? Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a buffalo horn crook. This wonderful crook measuring 51″ in length is the perfect country companion for the farmer, the shooting man or lady or the country walker. £175 SOLD VC

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Looking for something really different? These hard to find spalted shanks really do look attractive. Sadly I’m seeing less and less spalted shanks out there so get one while you can. A black buffalo horn on spalted hazel shank with cow horn spacer. Measuring approx 52″ in length and a real show stopper! £200 SOLD AL

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More Rams Horn Crooks Available!

I have some lovely rams horn crooks and market sticks now available. Having had 4 requests in the past week I though I should photograph some and get them on my website.

I get very limited numbers of these rams horn sticks and once they are gone they are gone.

All nose out crooks are £150 unless marked accordingly. Market sticks are all £100 each Postage to the UK is £20 for up to three sticks. Overseas postage is £40 to Europe.

All sticks are approx. 51″-53″ in height and all have hazel shanks. These are great quality and perfect for walking in the countryside, the forthcoming shooting season and looking after your flock!

Please note the red or pinkish areas is called blushing and a natural part of the crook material. It is from where the ram has been fighting!!

Crook B

Crook B – Lovely heavy weight crook with varnished hazel shank at approx 52″ in height. £150 SOLD

Crook C

Crook C – Sturdy crook with varnished hazel shank at approx 52″ in height. £150 SOLD

Crook D

Crook D – Lovely heavy weight crook with natural hazel shank at approx 52″ in height – can be oiled on request. £150

Crook G

Crook G – Lovely heavy weight crook with natural hazel shank at approx 51″ in height – can be oiled on request £150 – SOLD

Crook H

Crook H – Lovely mid-weight crook with varnished hazel shank at approx 51″ in height. with buffalo horn spacer. £150 SOLD

Market Stick F

Market Stick F – Lovely mid-weight market stick with varnished hazel shank at approx 52″ in height. £100

Market Stick I

Market Stick I – Beautiful heavy weight crook with varnished hazel shank at approx 52″ in height. £100

Smaller Crook A

Crook A – Smallest of the bunch, this ladies lighter weight crook with varnished hazel shank at approx 51″ in height and has an acorn carved into the nose. £140 – SOLD

Smaller Crook E

Crook E – Lovely heavy weight crook with natural hazel shank at approx 52″ in height – can be oiled on request. £150  – SOLD

Thistle Crook J

Crook J – Lovely heavy weight crook with varnished hazel shank at approx 52″ in height. This one is the fanciest of the bunch with a Thistle carved into the nose. £175 SOLD

All sticks can be shortened and will be supplied with a brass ferrule fitted at no extra charge. If you would like to purchase one please email me  at lordscountrysticks@gmail.com

Thank you,

Mark

Latest stock just updated!

I have been very busy over the last few months making sticks for Christmas! Last year I sold several at local farmers markets and various craft markets in the South Oxfordshire area. With lots of encouragement  from family, friends and customers I have made several more this year in between getting married and running my successful photography business (www.marklordphotography.com) These sticks are all handmade by myself with a few supplied to me from other stick makers, mainly the rams horn sticks. Sticks make great gifts for the country lover in your life. Please have a look at my stock above or by clicking here

Stick Making Stick Maker

Plenty of handles and a happy stick maker!

Walking Sticks For Sale

Plenty of sticks for happy customers!

 

Latest Rams Horn Shepherds Crook

Here are a few images of my most recently made stick. A lovely Rams Horn crook on a premium grade hazel shank now used on a daily basis by a shepherd in Wiltshire to look after his large flock of sheep. Fitted with a copper collar for added strength when catching those get away sheep!

I have a short waiting list for shepherds crooks at present but please feel free to email me as I can sometimes get my hands on some from other stick makers or please feel free to look at my other sticks I have in stock.

Antler Wading Staff

I had an email from a lady looking for an antler wading staff for her husband. She wanted it to be a really special gift for him and ask for me to fit it with a silver disc with his initials on and also a 924 silver collar. I got the relevant materials from my suppliers and set about making the stick. I used a nice strong hazel shank to give him maximum support in the water and fitted a good sheet of lead to the base to give weight to the staff and to prevent it from floating away in the water. The stick was also longer than a normal thumb stick to aid assistance in deep water. The bottom of the stick was fitted with a rubber ferrule to prevent frightening the fish as a brass ferrule would make too much noise underwater. Finally the bottom was wrapped in plastic shrink-wrap to keep it all looking good and waterproofing the base.

The antler top was capped with buffalo horn as requested by my customer making this a really special gift for her man. Finally it had several coats of linseed oil to the shank and wax to the antler giving the stick a waterproofing. This can be redone once a season to keep the stick in tip-top condition.

Here are a few images of the stick

…and my happy customer’s comment to me after Christmas

Just a quick mail to let you know hubby was thrilled to bits with his stick.
Thank you so much.
 
Kind regards
 
Jo
Read more happy customers comments on my commissions and testimonies page

Sticks for sale as of November 2011

Current stock as of 14th November, please enquire for further details  lordscountrysticks@gmail.com

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Simple hazel thumb sticks

Probably the simplest of sticks to make once you have found a suitable ‘v’ on a good shank.

Simple thumb sticks!

I love the job of tidying the knots in the wood and carving a suitable thumb rest that it both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for the user. All I use for these sticks is my favourite knife then some sandpaper to get a smooth finish. Then a few costs of boiled linseed and you have a lovely hazel thumbstick full of character!

Market stick being given a closer inspection!

Mmm..... I love a drop of linseed oil

Whist out photographing some sticks yesterday I stopped by a gate with some cattle in the field behind.  I though it was a good place to photograph my market stick as they are used by farmers,  hence the name as they would lean on them whilst at market.

Well the shot I wanted did not really happen but one cow wanted a closer look at the quality of my craftmanship.

Later that day I sold this stick to a passing lady who bought it for her father.

Photo shoot with the sticks today!

Pure indulgence this morning! I packed the car with sticks and headed off to a nearby wood to photograph my sticks – becauese I need to start selling a few to make room for more!

As I was photographing my sticks two couples approached me as they admired my work. ‘Are they for sale thay asked?’ This was the least likely place I though I would sell any sticks but within 1 hour 2 sticks had been sold to happy dog walkers.

Here is my favourite stick which I have decided I will be keeping as my ‘best’ stick – it will not be used for beating as its far to good.  The shanks is spalted hazel, which you pay a premium for and the antler is a superb example I bought off a chap in Scotland. I just need to get myself a dog too!

Check out the cheeky ladybird in the bottom right of the photo!