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
Here is a fabulous antler thumb stick but with a much larger ‘v’ than usual, large enough to rest a gun in. Therefore I’m selling this one as a stalking/shooting stick ready for the shooting season. I have capped the antler with buffalo horn as usual and the antler is some of the best quality I have seen with lovely dark colouring. I have fitted a buffalo horn collar for added strength for when out in the field and also fitted a magnetic ferrule to help pick up cartridges a couple at a time!
All in all a great stick I’d be happy to keep however it must go as I need to make room for more 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!