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Stickmaking materials
and Accessories
FOR DIY STICKMAKERS.
(Finished sticks further down).

Adhesives
Alpine Spikes
Aluminium crook
Animal head Blanks
Antler
Ash shanks
Badger blank
Bending jig
Bird head blanks
Blackthorn shanks
Brass collars
Brass ferrules
Buffalo horn
Carving blanks
Carving glove
Carving tools
Carving wood
Chestnut shanks
Cock pheasant blank
Collars
Combination spikes
Compass
Cow horns
Crook blank (alum)
Crook blank (horn)
Crook blank (wood)
DIY Kits
DIY Materials
Dog blanks
Duck blanks
Embedding resin
Engraved collars
Epoxy resin
Epoxy putty
Eyes
Ferrules
Fish blanks
Fox blanks
Glass eyes
Glue
Grouse blanks
Hazel shanks
Heron blanks
Hen pheas't blanks
Hiking stick blank
Horns
Horn spacers
Horn Polishing kit
Horse blanks
Kevlar glove
Kits
Knife
Leather lace
Lyre blank (horn)
Lyre blank (wood)
Magnetic Ferrules
Partridge blank
Pins
Plastic Sheet
Polishing Kit
Rams horns
Resin
Roe buck antlers
Rubber ferrules
Salmon blank
Screw joints
Shanks
Shrink tube
Spacers
Stag horn
Steel-tip ferrules
Stick press
Studding
Swan blank
Threaded rod
Thumbstick blanks
Trout blanks
Wading staff kit
Walker blank
Woodcock blanks
Wrist loop straps
PLEASE NOTE:
Closed June 11th to 21st

FINISHED
Sticks & Crooks
normally made
to order.

These are Not normally
available outside
EUROPE -
email for details!

Animal sticks
Antler thumbsticks
Antler walkingsticks
Badger stick
Beating sticks
Bird head sticks
Buffalo horn crooks
Buffalo horn thumbsticks
Carved sticks
Cat head sticks
Cock pheasant stick
Cowhorn marketstick
Derby sticks
DIY Kits
DIY Materials
DIY Stickmaking
Dog sticks
Duck sticks
Eagle sticks
Engraved collars
Fish sticks
Fox head stick
Gen purpose
Goose sticks
Grouse stick
Handcarved
Hen pheasant stick
Hiking stick
Horn crooks
Horn Handled
Horn sticks
Knob sticks
Lyre thumb stick
Nanny McPhee stick
Partridge stick
Rams horn sticks
Regency stick
Salmon stick
Sticks containing photos
Swan stick
Staffs
Thumbsticks (horn)
Thumbsticks (wood)
Trout stick
Wading convert kit
Wading Staffs
Wading Sticks
WALKING STICKS
Wolf stick
Woodcock stick

Miscellaneous

Books
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Cane History
Stickmaking class
Straightening sticks
Why use a Stick?

 

The Stick Man

STICK MAKING CLASSES

Stick Making Classes.

20017/18 is my 19th year of running these classes - that makes me feel very old!

ALL THE CLASSES ARE RUN DURING THE AUTUMN AND WINTER and are booked up well in advance!

 

Dates for the NEW autumn and winter classes are now listed below.

 

 

Please note that the classes can ONLY be attended by advance booking! I am never short of people wanting to come so please don't leave it too late - I can't hold dates for you without payment I'm afraid.

Last year all the dates were fully booked by the end of summer so please don't leave it too late if you are thinking of booking.

I try to update the lists of available dates each day but if I get several bookings for the same class on one day then I might have to ask you to change your date - early booking is advised!

 

Classes are only run in the autumn and winter - there are NO SUMMER CLASSES!

 

 

STICK MAKING CLASS

ONLINE BOOKING

Buy your friend or loved one a place on a stick-making class - or simply treat yourself! A class makes a wonderful surprise present. If you require a class gift card posting PLEASE ORDER ONE BELOW.

You may e mail to check available dates before you book or select the one you prefer and I will confirm it with you.

IMPORTANT
FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED BEFORE A BOOKING CAN BE CONFIRMED - AND THERE IS NO REFUND IF YOU FAIL TO TURN UP!
*

This is not negotiable - in the past I've been too soft and refunded people who couldn't attend for one reason or another but I'm left out of pocket through no fault of my own!

If you have to change the date of a class (after we have confirmed it with you) it may be possible - but only if we can allocate the place to someone else. We can't afford to have empty spaces! In the event of a refund being made we reserve the right to withhold a £5 admin fee to cover postage, time spent and bank charges.

 * If severe winter weather is forecast please contact me a few days before the class is due so we can rearrange a date. I've only had to do this twice but it's better than risking accidents caused by driving in deep snow!

If you prefer to buy Gift Vouchers for a friend to spend for themselves then click the link. 

 

 

 

If you have questions to ask or comments you'd like to make about the classes then please
email me

 

 

 

 

 

Correct as of 1pm - 14th December dates occasionally become available again if people

 

 

 

ONE-DAY BEGINNERS CLASS ( (

 A one day class in the basic skills involved in making your own sticks. No experience needed but minimum age is 18 (because of insurance limitations). Most of the people who come have never made a stick before - but everyone goes home with a complete stick they have made! Anyone with a bit of stickmaking knowledge who would like to improve and learn some new tricks is also welcome.

The format of the class is really simple - I show you how to do something then watch you do it on your own stick so you really do make the complete stick on the day!

Everyone who attends learns how to straighten a stick, make a "proper" traditional peg joint to fix the handle to the shank and use standard hand tools to work the handle and shank to a finished stage. No power tools are used by students - all sawing and drilling is done before the class. There is a choice of seven or eight different handle types in wood and antler to use - many people come back more than once to make different sticks.

ALL MATERIALS AND TOOLS ARE PROVIDED FOR YOU ON THE DAY. FREE LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS ARE PROVIDED TOO (if required) SO YOU ONLY NEED TO BRING YOURSELF!

Classes start at 9.00am and finish around 4.30 to 5pm.
We hold the classes in my heated workshop and have use of the toilets at the Walled Garden very close by.

If you get held up on the day for any reason then try and let me know, if you're a little bit late we can make up a bit of lost time and still get finished.

Maximum of Three people only in each class. Price is £130 per person inc. VAT.
All materials and use of tools are included in the price.

A free lunch, usually of sandwiches, crisps and cake is provided. If you prefer to bring your own or have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance. Coffee and tea is provided at frequent intervals.

 

 

ALL THESE CLASSES ARE ON SUNDAYS

SORRY - ALL BOOKED NOW!
Three places available normally unless stated. Click box to change date

Places required
(1, 2 or3)

You will receive an automated receipt of the class booking before we have chance to physically check that a place is available for you - so I strongly suggest that you wait until we have confirmed your booking by post before you make any plans or pay for any accommodation!

If you require accommodation for a stay in Helmsley there are several hotels, guest houses etc. in and around the town. Within Helmsley itself I can recommend the following:
Stilworth House B+B

If you would prefer traditional Farmhouse B&B you might like to try Carr House Farm just a few miles away near Ampleforth.

I have negotiated a superb accommodation discount of 10% for all my class students with each of the above establishments so please be sure to inform them that you are attending a class and ask for the discount at the time of booking.

 

 

For advice on other places please look HERE or HERE

 

If you don't receive confirmation of a place BY POST within a week of making the booking then YOU MUST contact us to check the situation!

 

Paper confirmation overrides any email receipt - which may have to have a day or name changed if you update your booking.

 

 

 

 

I thought I would share this email I received from one of my "students" following his attendance at a beginners class:

"Keith,

When I arrived home last night I was greeted by 3 little people enthusiastic to see my 'efforts' and a wife who was thrilled with the end product.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would like to thank you for your patience, sharing of knowledge and opportunity to learn a lovely skill which I hope to improve in time. It was one of the most thoughtful presents I have ever had and I found the day to be very therapeutic indeed (perhaps slightly different from your perspective!!).

I now have the confidence and desire to learn and do more. There will be use of the website in time I hope for placing orders.

Great to have a laugh over LJS etc.

Thank you for a fabulous day and for your kind hospitality.

 

All the Best

Chris."

 

(LJS is a reference to the school which we both attended, though at different times!)

If you are interested in other arts and crafts courses in North Yorkshire then I can thoroughly recommend http://artison.co.uk/ from personal experience!

ArtisOn is held about 40 minutes drive away from Helmsley so maybe your spouse or partner could go there while you enjoy a stickmaking class here?

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