Walking Sticks were traditionally used to aid walking. But as they became a fashion accessory the quality and materials the stick or cane was made from became an indication of the wearers’ wealth.
Walking sticks and canes became popular during the 17th century. At this time, they began replacing swords as a part of a gentleman’s wardrobe. In 1702, it was considered a privilege to carry a walking stick or cane in London. Men were required to carry a licence, or lose the privilege.(quote from: Whanganui Regional Museum)
The thumbstick however is one of the many traditional country sticks usually made from ash, hazel, chestnut, holly or blackthorn. The natural bark is left on in most cases. They can be all wood or topped with stag horn. The common feature is the V shape top to rest your thumb. Out and about in the countryside the tall thumbstick has several uses. Such as a walking stick, a support to lean on or even a rest for binoculars. They also make an interesting decorative or collectors piece for your home, in a stand in the hall or propped up against a wall.
I love wood and especially love the traditional style sticks. I like the fact the sticks are so tactile especially when they have the stag horn top.
I paint most of my sticks as people tell me they like to have something unique and different. If you are interested in having a bespoke thumbstick painted please go to my page for more information.
(Picture; depicts me preparing a thumbstick stag horn thumb rest)