Wakefield walking stick club making great strides

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THESE stunning designs prove West Yorkshire’s walking stick enthusiasts are carving out a niche for themselves by hook or by crook.

The elaborate dog and duck sticks were just two of the incredible creations on show at the The Five Towns and District Stick Club’s annual show held earlier this week.

Just over a year ago, the YEP reported how the club was going from strength to strength since being founded by pensioner Peter Walton.

They now have around 50 members from as far as York and Selby coming to their regular weekly meetings.

But Mr Walton, who has been creating sticks for more than 20 years, said he is still keen to see more new members coming from the Leeds area to learn the ancient art and create their own masterpieces.

He told the YEP: “I think people like the traditional side of it and there’s a lot of people who like carving and get involved because of that. There’s also the social side of it and learning from people who have a lot of experience can help you learn faster. It’s getting very popular but we always want new members and the problem is, if people don’t know we’re here they don’t know how they can get involved.”

The club meets every week in Wakefield and is open to everyone over 18.

Mr Walton, 69, is a member of the British Stickmakers Guild, which has members all over the world. He said the tradition goes back hundreds if not thousands of years.

He said: “If you look back in history, it started with shepherds crooks and even further back than that as weapons.”

The club meets at Crofton Working Mens Club, Wakefield on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. For more details, contact Mr Walton on 01924 863 546.

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