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Stickmaking materials
and Accessories
(Finished sticks further down).

Alpine Spikes
Aluminium crook
Animal head Blanks
Ash shanks
Badger blank
Bending jig
Bird head blanks
Blackthorn shanks
Brass collars
Brass ferrules
Buffalo horn
Carving blanks
Carving glove
Carving wood
Chestnut shanks
Cock pheasant blank
Combination spikes
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
Fish blanks
Fox blanks
Glass eyes
Grouse blanks
Hazel shanks
Heron blanks
Hen pheas't blanks
Hiking stick blank
Horn spacers
Horse blanks
Kevlar glove
Leather lace
Lyre blank (horn)
Lyre blank (wood)
Partridge blank
Plastic Sheet
Rams horns
Roe buck antlers
Rubber ferrules
Salmon blank
Screw joints
Shrink tube
Stag horn
Steel-tip ferrules
Stick press
Swan blank
Threaded rod
Thumbstick blanks
Trout blanks
Wading staff kit
Walker blank
Woodcock blanks
Wrist loop straps

Sticks & Crooks
Ready made or
made to order.

(These are Not
available outside
the EU)

Animal sticks
Antler thumbsticks
Antler walkingsticks
Badger stick
Beating sticks
Bird head sticks
Buffalo horn crooks
Buffalo horn forks
Buffalo horn lyres
Buffalo thumbsticks
Carved sticks
Cat head sticks
Cock pheasant stick
Cowhorn marketstick
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
Hen pheasant stick
Heron stick
Hiking stick
Horn crooks
Horn Handled
Horn sticks
Knob sticks
Lyre thumb stick
Partridge stick
Rams horn sticks
Regency stick
Salmon stick
Swan stick
Thumbsticks (horn)
Thumbsticks (wood)
Trout stick
Wading convert kit
Wading Staffs
Wading Sticks
With Photo
Wolf stick
Woodcock stick


Gift Vouchers
Cane History
Stickmaking class
Straightening sticks
Why a Stick?


The Stick Man


Follow the dotted lines on the map, either by car down Cleveland Way or on foot from the Market Place.

Post code for Sat Nav users is YO62 5AH

Please be aware that some Sat Navs will direct you into the Long Stay car park and tell you that you have arrived - go past the car parks and drive towards the Walled Garden if you wish to use our private car park for a short time.


We are located in the first craft workshop behind Helmsley Castle. Follow signs to "The Walled Garden" from the Car Park or follow the directions using the map above and photographs below.

Shop visiting times

We are basically an online business so we are not open to the public all day.
We need to be able to get on and work without constant interruption from visitors - so there will be times when we're in but the doors are locked. We're often out in the woods during daylight or may have gone to one of the local timber mills for supplies.

Please check first by email if you want to visit - or you may find us closed! Even if we are in, we will be busy making sticks and/or packing orders - and there's not enough room inside our small workshop for visitors while we are packing. If you turn up without an appointment there's a chance that we'll be open - but we're no longer having set shop hours. PLEASE don't ask if I'll be in weeks in advance of a visit - I simply can't know that! Days when we'll be definitely closed will be noted below and updated if anything changes.

The shop anwerphone will normally have a message telling you what days we'll be open that week so even if we can't answer you can find out if we're open.


Also closed FRIDAY 6th March


Other weekdays are generally open to the public 10.30 -12 and 1.30 - 3 but not guaranteed!

Saturdays normally open 10 - 1 only.


We are still taking orders online and posting them out as normal!





*It is always best to check by email, text (07901 717853) or landline (01439 771450) before visiting.

Please don't phone unless it's urgent - order online or make enquiries by email or text please as it stops us working to answer the phone - the landline answerphone will normally tell you if we're open that week!

WE DON'T ANSWER INTERNATIONAL CALLS WITHOUT PRIOR ARRANGEMENT BY EMAIL, SORRY! The vast majority of foreign calls were simply wasting our time trying to SELL us things we didn't want!


Click here for E-mail

Mail order address and workshop:
The Stick Man, The Walled Garden, Cleveland Way, Helmsley, York YO62 5AH


If you are on foot you can walk through the gap to the right of The Royal Oak pub, cross the road and past the Castlegate Cafe. Head towards the castle and see the ruined keep in front of you (this is probably the most photographed bit of Helmsley) then go along the path to the right and past the new Castle entrance and the Long Stay car park. From the car park, follow the signs for the Walled Garden.

To see an interactive map click HERE (it may take time to load fully).

This map shows lots of other places in Helmsley that you might like to visit!


As you enter the picnic area look to your left and you get this stunning view of what remains of the castle keep. It was blown apart by the Parliamentarian army after the siege of the castle during the English Civil War. It was packed with gunpowder and destroyed so it could never be used as a fortress again - it certainly worked!
If you park in the Cleveland Way car park you'll see the castle anyway so just follow signs for the Walled Garden and Craft Workshops. It will take you about 7 minutes to walk from the car park in the town square, or two to three minutes from the Long Stay car park off Cleveland Way.

Cleveland Way as you get to the car parks on the left - go straight on down the stone track to the Walled Garden and The Stick Man

By car from Teesside turn right into Cleveland Way, opposite the Feversham Arms, before you reach the Market Place.

From York/Thirsk at the top of the Market Place turn left in front of the Black Swan Hotel then take a right by the church. Turn left opposite the Feversham Arms into Cleveland Way.

From Pickering go straight across at the mini roundabout , past the Market Place (on your left) and turn right by the church, then left into Cleveland Way.

You pass the little Dolls House shop on your left and the Ryeburn Icecream Parlour (well worth a visit!!) on your right. Cleveland Way becomes a stone track in front of you - the public car parks are on your left. You will have to "Pay and Display" in here and walk a short distance to my shop.

Disabled drivers and those who find it difficult to walk far (or have items to collect) may use the private car park outside my shop free of charge for short periods - access is down the stone track at the public car park entrance. Follow the stone track straight ahead. If you go left you will end up in the overflow car park and have to pay!

You pass this huge stone with an acorn carved on it - this is the start of the Cleveland Way long distance footpath. You would be amazed at how many walkers manage to miss this thing and end up in my shop to ask for directions. My usual reply is "If you can't find the start - how on earth will you find the finish!"

The track is popular with local dog walkers as well as ramblers - so drive slowly!

After about 100 metres you come to a left fork sign posted for the Walled Garden - follow the sign or you will end up in a dead end and have a lot of reversing to do!


Here is the entrance to the shop - The Stick Man is the first shop you'll see - entrance on the left. The Walled Garden entrance is 50 yards to the right.

Disabled parking is available here and in the larger car park at the Walled Garden itself. You don't have to be disabled to park here if you are coming to collect things from the shop or attending a class. In summer, parking is often difficult during the middle of the day.

Some of the sticks on display in the shop. There are usually between 50 and 100 at any one time - though this does vary. One year there were only seven - yes seven - left by Christmas Eve!

Some more sticks on display in the shop.
I offer one day
stick-making classes from £125 per person (maximum three people per class). Make a complete stick in a day and take it home with you. All tools and materials are supplied, as is lunch and refreshments. No experience is needed.

Accommodation in Helmsley is often limited so book early!

More sticks and some of the DIY materials.



 Photo's on the shop wall showing just a few of the sticks made in previous years with more DIY materials and some interesting reading.


The Stick Man on his stall at a country show.

Most of the stock of sticks, plus all the stickmaking components, are offered for sale at shows. Orders for carved sticks and bookings for stickmaking classes can also be taken.

If you want a stall like this I got mine from Nichol Industries and I can recommend them for their products and after-sales services.

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The stall was extended in 2007 by purchasing extra framework and bigger sheets - we now have the option of using the original 10' x 10' stall or the bigger 10' x 15'

For more information on Helmsley and places to visit, shop, eat or stay LOOK HERE

See North Yorkshire moorland and more views of Helmsley.