A few years back Country Clothing Store came across Classic Canes. We were looking for a range of sticks to suit dog walkers to beaters, to country walkers and more. We were immediately taken by the Classic Canes brand and their whole ethos, from being unusually sustainable in their forestry to their beautiful designs. So here’s a little bit more about Classic Canes….
Where it all began
In the late 1970s, Classic Canes owners Ben and Diana Porter bought Warren House, a romantic but ruined property set deep in a Somerset woodland. Whilst falling in love with the location, gradually rebuilding the house, they discovered the surrounding woodland was suitable for growing the raw material for walking sticks. In 1982, a small range of walking sticks was offered to local shopkeepers, who soon demanded a wider selection and Classic Canes grew from there to the brand we know and love today.
GEEK ALERT: someone becoming an avid collectors of walking sticks, is sometimes known as an ambulist.
What’s in a Walking Stick?
There is a difference between a walking stick and a cane… A British ‘walking stick‘ is usually a relatively simple stick used for everyday support or country walks. A ‘cane‘ is a more formal, elegant item that is as much an accessory as a means of support.
Of all nations, us Brits have for centuries been among the most enthusiastic users of walking sticks. Smart hardwood and formal silver-topped canes being a long favourite accessory of the city gentleman, while traditional crooks, thumb sticks and hiking staffs in ash, blackthorn, applewood and hazel are always popular in the British Countryside.
A frequently asked question is, what height should my walking stick be? The answer to the correct measurement and fitting of walking sticks is not determined by how tall you are, but by the distance between your hand and the ground. Physiotherapists recommend the following method of determining the correct height for a walking stick…
The walking stick user should stand upright, in the type of shoes they usually wear, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides. Another person should turn the walking stick upside down, so that the handle is resting on the floor. Positioning the walking stick next to the user, make a small mark on the shaft of the stick level with the bump at the bottom of the wrist bone. Using a small saw, cut the stick at this point. This will mean that the user’s arm will be slightly bent at the elbow when they hold the stick, and their shoulder will be level. A stick that is too long will force the shoulder unnaturally high. A stick that is too short will force the user to stoop.
If the walking stick user is not present, for example if they are buying their walking stick by mail order or through the internet, they can determine how long their walking stick should be by asking another person to measure the distance from their wrist bone to the floor. The walking stick user should ensure they are standing correctly i.e. standing upright, in the type of shoes they usually wear, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides.
Please note that this information is a guide only. Consult your doctor or physiotherapist if you require specific, medical advice on this matter.
Classic Canes is unusual among walking stick suppliers because they grow and manufacture their own rustic walking sticks in their woodlands in Somerset, England. Ash, hazel and blackthorn walking sticks are manufactured at Classic Canes using the centuries-old ‘coppice-with-standards‘ forestry system.
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