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Traditional Stickmaking

By Charlie Walker

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ISBN: 9781785001109
PUBLISHED: 28/01/2016
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 242x172 mm
INSIDE: 121 colour photographs

Stickmaking is an age-old craft that is just as absorbing and rewarding today as ever. This beautifully illustrated book describes some of the customs and practices used in traditional stickmaking. It encourages beginners to get started with a simple staff or thumb stick, but also explains advanced techniques, such as making sheep and cow horn handles, for the more experienced. Written with careful attention to detail by a prize-winning stickmaker, it is an essential guide to this fascinating craft.

  • Ideas and inspiration on types and styles of stick
  • Guide to timber, storing and straightening shanks, and jointing shanks onto handles
  • Step-by-step instructions to making a variety of sticks and handles including, wood, antler, buffalo and sheep horn
  • Detailed techniques on bulking and dressing sheep horn to make a classic shepherd's crook
  • Advice on decorating wood and buffalo horn handles

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Latest Reviews
" Having recently started stickmaking i needed advice and guidance as to how to go about it and how to get the best results. I came by "Traditional Stickmaking" a book by author and stickmaker Charlie Walker, who clearly has a vast knowledge and expertise in the craft. The book is well written, clear and concise, taking the reader through step -by -step instructions with advice on equipment required, materials and methods for making various stick designs and handles from the relatively straightforward knob - stick to the more complicated crooks and carved handles using wood, horn and antler and all beautifully illustrated in photographs and drawings. The book really has given me the confidence to make a serious start on the craft and hopefully make real progress and perhaps, in time, experiment myself and in doing so i will have "Traditional Stickmaking" as a constant point of reference. "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Kevin Kivlehan

" It's extremely inspirational and although I've made quite a few sticks of all types in the past your book has already helped me to do a much better job with the ram's horn. The illustrations and pictures and dimensions are very thorough and most helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time and care to produce this great book. "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: John Mullins

" An excellent book which refreshes many of the books that have gone before. It has something for everyone from beginner to the experienced. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have already found it a most useful source of reference. Highly recommended. "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: John Wiseman

" A fantastic book for both new and experienced stickmakers. The detail given on such subjects as ram's horn bulking and bending and how to carve realistic animal heads is inspirational. The pictures of the sticks ( all made by Charlie ) should be enough to inspire anyone with the intention of starting this fascinating and absorbing craft as I did myself a few years ago. I am hoping there will be some follow up books. Well done Charlie. "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Kevin Moody

" A well overdue new book on the subject of stick making. From the minute you pick the book up you can tell it is going to be good.. it is suited for all levels of stick makers .. there is simply something for everyone.. thank you Charlie for sharing all of your experience with us. "
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Reviewed By: Stickmaker, magazine of the British Stickmakers Guild

" Having seen the draft copy of this book - shown to me by the author for my appraisal as a professional Stickmaker - I can honestly say that it is going to be a winner! I couldn't find any faults or anything I would change. I wish I'd written it! "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Keith Pickering

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