Many used by farmers as a shepherds crook walking sticks, the rams horn is very popular with its incredible strengh it is the walking sticks for farmers. Rams horn also has great grain even better than timber, when sanded with very fine sand paper tou can almost see into the horn. The other advantage of rams horn for walking sticks it has a long life span unlike timber which doesn't last as long.
This walking sticks on the left has a V jointed handle and shank, this is were the handle and the shank of the walking sticks joint together, there isn't any advantage with this joint its is as strong as a straight cut joint but the looks so much better, more time is needed when making the walking sticks but when you see a straight joint beside the V joint they are completely different walking sticks.
Rams horn walking sticks are becoming more popular every day and we hope to add to the collection by getting more rams horn and making new handles with different styles on each one. Its also importable to remember all our rams horn walking sticks are handmade using natural materials.
When jointing the handle to the walking sticks shank we use a threaded bar to connect both of them, threaded bar is a excellent material for jointing as well as gluing the joint the threaded takes its own grip, so if there was no glue on the joint the bar would still be very strong on its own, but we always use a threaded bar and glue for all our walking sticks.
We use hazel for most of our shepherds crook walking sticks for the shaft or shank. Hazel is a natural marterial which can be found all over the UK and Ireland. Hazel walking sticks are very strong when varished up they really stand out. The great about hazel its that is comes in many different colours like golden hazel, Brown Hazel and Dark Hazel, its mostly depends on the area where the hazel comes. Hazel is a very popular material for making walking sticks.
Every handmade walking sticks we make are finished at the bottom with a brass ferrule not rubber ferrules that can be purchases along the walking sticks, Brass ferrules are much stronger than rubber ferrules and when most of our shepherds crooks get heavy work its importent that the ferrule stops the end of the walking sticks from spliting.