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Stickmaking Handbook: Revised Edition [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Andrew Jones , Clive George
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7 May 2009
This handbook based on the 2007 revised edition will also become an essential guide for those interested in learning the processes and techniques involved with the manufacture of a range of traditional sticks, outlining the processes in a clear, straightforward manner and using a wealth of diagrams and photographs. It also contains valuable, up-to-date information on where to source the raw materials for stickmaking, how to find, cut and season wood and where to locate materials such as ram and buffalo horn. This book is equally accessible to stick enthusiasts, amateur craftsmen and experianced professionals alike.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gmc; Revised edition edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861086385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861086389
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Jones was born into a farming family and has spent the whole of his working life farming in west Wales. An uncle cultivated his interest in making sticks and encouraged him to enter his work in local craft shows. He makes a wide range of sticks, but it is his specialities - horn crooks and Cardigan walking sticks - which regularly earn him top honours at major competitions throughout Wales. He and his wife live near Lampeter. Co-author, Clive George had a career in the Civil Service and took early retirement in 1993 and, having bought a smallholding, went on to buy a few sheep to go with it. He owns a small flock of purebred Llanwenog sheep (named after the west Wales parish where he and his wife live) which he shows successfully in his locality. A life-long interest in stickmaking, and a fortuitous meeting, led him to collaborate in the production of this book.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The traditional craft of stickmaking as practised in the UK is not an easy subject to cover. Every stickmaker develops his/her own variations on the technique and the success of each part of the process depends largely on the very specific finer points of selection and use of the necessary tools. These aspects cannot really be conveyed in written instructions; you need hands-on instruction and practice to achieve the best results with any degree of consistency.
However, Jones & George have produced what is undoubtedly the best available how-to-do-it work on the subject. The authors wisely keep to the mainstream of current UK stickmaking practice and cover the subject in very clear and well-illustrated articles, broadly progressing from a simple one-piece knobstick to working with buffalo and ram horn, and carving in wood.
Every step is accompanied by superb photographs and illustrations, showing exactly what the reader needs to see. And at the end there is a small gallery of photos of some of the most gorgeous sticks you could hope to see. This shows just what can be achieved with the techniques being discussed.
Where purpose-made tools and jigs are required, as when working with horn, full details of their construction are included. We may not all have the facilities to make these ourselves, but there is enough detail here to enable the would-be stickmaker to hand the book to Someone Who Can, and say "Make me one of those". Failing this, there is a very helpful list of specialist suppliers in the back of the book - though there is no guarantee these will all still be current.
The Stickmaking Handbook is without doubt the definitive current work on the subject.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beginners dream 31 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
Having made a very basic stick for a good friend of mine ( bit of a joke for his 60th) but every body thought it was really good. being retired and wanting something to do- Ifound this book and what a book - Iam now on my third proper stick. This book really gave me the inspiration and the know-how about what can be done with an old bit of straight wood,rams horn and antler.I would recommend this book to anyone starting a very rewarding hoby.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stickmaker's Guide 6 July 2010
Format:Paperback
I have recently taken up this hobby and came across a copy in the local Library. I found it so helpful I obtained a copy subject of this review.

If you intend to take up stick making this is an excellent introduction into a number of methods and vital information regarding seasoning etc.

I have followed the clear advice and methods and to date have found the information in the book to be most helpful and has helped me produce some sticks of which I feel are of an acceptable standard and brought a sense of personal satisfaction.

It definately helps if you are a lover of different woods and while the book concentrates on a number, many more are available in the UK that can be used for stickmaking.

I am happy to recommend the book to anyone starting out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking sticks 11 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
Having wasted an hour or so looking for a book on walking sticks in the major booksellers, where there were none, I resorted to Amazon and found several in ten seconds flat. Lesson learned. This is an excellent book,inexpensive, well illustrated, informative and perfect for the enthusiastic beginner. Having now bought the necessary tools; listed and described in the book, I have made a start with the easier suggestions. I need to stumble over some discarded deer horns for the next step. I can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stick making 16 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Fantastic step by step guide. I'm a complete novice but this book with it's clear instructions and pictures makes me feel more like i might have a chance at actually making a stick a could show off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with this book! 2 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Great book for the beginner (like me). Easy to follow instructions for all aspects of the art of stick making. Lots of pictures and tips to help you create the perfect stick with a choice of handles. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stickmaking Handbook 6 Sep 2011
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I am just starting and wanted a basic book on the subject, This book is very informative from a complete beginner to quite advanced projects and written in a way very easy to follow. I am very satisfied with this purchase and would highly recommend it .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stickmaking 29 Sep 2011
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I got this book as I wanted to try making different types of sticks but had no idea how to go about it. This book has been extremely helpful and I am very pleased with it
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5.0 out of 5 stars stick making
good plain clear advice on how to make walking sticks and the best wood and materials to use to make good sticks
Published 4 months ago by kenneth brittain
4.0 out of 5 stars stick making
ideal as starter book
the main thing is that it simplifies the process, so that you can practise and experiment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to understand
I bought this for my husband and he thinks it is excellent, and very easy to understand. Would recommend it
Published 7 months ago by Lilian Badland
4.0 out of 5 stars good
if your just starting it will give you some good guid line but the best thing to do is join a club
Published 10 months ago by Rab
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stickmaking Book
This is a great book for those starting out in the art of stickmaking. Very imformative, loads of instructions and easy to follow. A must if you are a novice.
Published 10 months ago by broadsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick making
This is a great book for a beginner like myself it is easy to follow good pictures and simple instructions on everything that you need to know
Published 10 months ago by xjsblue Bob Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect book
all that hoped that it would be and very good for someone just starting out
on stick making very helpfull
Published 13 months ago by elizabeth judd
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple clear and quite a good read
The instructions were clear and understandable,so my stickmaking started. Not bad to read either, so I wizzed through the book and enjoyed it.
Published 13 months ago by mmartn
5.0 out of 5 stars best introduction to a hoby
this is a down to earth book that is very informative and easy to read, one of the best i have bought
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