Heritage Skills 2018: Walking Stick Making

Location: Saunderpot Depot, Lane Ends, Haverthwaite LA12 8AB

Graeme Rennie will lead this one day workshop where you will fashion a wooden handled walking stick and fix it to a hazel shank.

Materials: £25 for materials should be brought to the course and paid to the trainer on the day.

In this workshop you will use traditional tools such as files, sandpaper and stickpress and learn how to straighten a stick using either a steam box or a heat gun depending on numbers in the class at the time. You will be taught the basic techniques to create your own stick which you will take home with you. Sticks are a beautiful and traditional product but beware they can become addictive if you let them!

The skills you will learn are:

1. Straightening the shank.
2. Dressing knots.
3. Making a peg joint.
4. Preparing the handle.
5. Gluing the handle to the shank and adjusting if necessary.
6. Handle shaping.
7. Finishing the stick.

Meal breaks: Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee making facilities are available.

Directions: Take the turning to Bouth off the A590 at Haverthwaite and turn immediately right. Then take the next left to take you behind Lane Ends Farm then a right hand turn through the gates to the Saunderpot depot. Look out for the green Rusland Horizons flag.

Age Limit: Courses are designed for 18years and over. If you are under 18, please contact us on rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to discuss other opportunities

Weather: It may be quite cold in the workshop especially under foot. Wooly socks and boots needed!

It is your instructor's responsibility to ensure your safety. In the event of exceptionally poor or dangerous weather conditions the course may need to be cancelled.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

Please contact Rebecca at rebecca.oaks@btinternet.com or your instructor if you have any questions. Graeme Rennie 07796228642


Course Fees – Concessions: We are not offering concessions this year but if you would like to attend and the cost is prohibitive please do contact us via email to rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to see if we can help.


In order to receive a full refund, you must notify us 30 days of the course start date that you are unable to attend

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