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The Stick Man

Keith Pickering produces exquisite handmade walking sticks which are both decorative and functional. Birds, fish and animals are the usual subjects, hand carved in hardwoods or horn, mounted on finest hazel shanks, cut from the ancient woodlands around Helmsley in North Yorkshire.

The Stick Man

Originally a hobby, Keith’s passion for Stickmaking became a career in 1999 when he decided to give up his job as a trout farm manager and devote his time to making sticks and selling all the materials to others who partake in the popular hobby. Keith’s wife, Jacky, joined him in the busisness several years ago when the workload became too much for one person.

Thumbsticks, hiking sticks, fancy and plain crooks and walking sticks are kept in stock or made to order. Dogs, are a speciality, carved and painted in the likeness of your own pet (you can send photos). Stickmaking classes for beginners are run during the winter but must be booked well in advance!

Keith has made several sticks for film, TV and theatrical productions. The most famous is the ‘magical’ walking stick in the “Nanny McPhee” films, starring Emma Thompson. Sticks have also been made for the TV shows “Emmerdale” and “Heartbeat” and numerous stage shows.

Keith was commissioned to make a special horn crook in 2011 for the newly ordained Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby. He has now been promoted to Achbishop of Canterbury – the highest office in the Church of England. He wanted an African Rock Hyrax carving on the horn crook – a reminder of his days working in a mission in Africa.

The Stick Man
Unit 1 The Walled Garden
North Yorkshire
YO62 5AH

Tel: 01439 771450

Email: Contact via the website

Website: www.thestickman.co.uk

The Stick Man
 January 2022

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