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Blackthorn shanks
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The Stick Man

SHANKS CAN NOT BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE UK

DUE TO CUSTOMS RESTRICTIONS

 

MAIN INDEX
SHANKS Stick press, screw joints, wrist straps, wood oil, epoxy, compasses, leather lace etc.
FERRULES AND COLLARS Metal, rubber and spike ferrules, metal & horn collars, horn spacers etc.
HANDLE AND CARVING BLANKS Pre shaped in hardwood, glass eyes, epoxy, studding, starter kits etc.
HORNS   Horns & antlers, pre shaped handles, caps, spacers, bending jigs etc.
STICK KITS Complete kits with everything you need in one easy-to-order package!
TOOLS Carving knives, chisels, sanding sealer, wood oil etc.

 

DIY Shanks

 

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DIY shanks information and price list

ALL PRICES ARE IN UK POUNDS

Page last updated MAY 2024 - click on "Refresh" or "Reload" to ensure you see the latest information each time you visit.

SHANKS CAN NOT BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE UK

SHANKS

Please note - if you are ordering shanks and other items that you wish to match (such as ferrules, collars etc.) please tell us on your order form (use the Technical instructions information box) or email us and we will do our best to send matching sizes. If you order incompatible sizes we can correct them and alter prices before payment is taken on a card - but ONLY IF YOU TELL US YOU WANT THINGS TO MATCH. It may seem obvious to you that they are to match but often customers buy items for existing projects and a shank or two for later work. We can not read minds, though sometimes it would be useful!

It would also be advisable for you to ask us about any specific requirements regarding shank thickness, colour etc. as we have quite a selection from which to choose.

As soon as you order anything your order form has a box for "Technical instructions" where you can leave specifications.

Many of the shanks we sell are "Seasoned-only" and have been air dried (typically for anything between 10 months and two years) or occasionally kiln-dried. (We no longer sell Seasoned and straightened shanks). Moisture content with air dried sticks varies but will normally be between 15 and 20% when measured with a digital moisture meter. Some further drying is likely if you take the sticks indoors, especially to very warm, dry conditions.

These sticks are graded by us and are not very bent or crooked - but may still require straightening if you like straight sticks (see the STICK PRESS below). I won't send you anything that can't be straightened if you use my methods - I keep the really awkward ones to do mysel or sell as "Budget shanks".

Diameter at the top is typically around 7/8" (22 mm) to 1 1/8" (28 mm). Most shanks taper from top to bottom and some have lots of knots - others very few or none at all. All have the bark left on, unless stated. I cut nearly all these sticks myself and in my mid 60s now I can't cut over 1,000 a year like I used to and there are times when I run out of some of them or have to buy them from other sources.

 

WE DO NOT SELL SHANKS FOR FIGHTING OR MARTIAL ARTS STICKS, SORRY!

SEASONED ONLY HAZEL

The most popular material for stick shanks in the UK and we try to keep it in stock. Bark colour varies from pale, silvery-grey to very dark brown, mottling and striping often shown. Some hazel is very knotty, some has hardly any knots at all. If you have very specific requirements please contact us before ordering.

These graded sticks have been checked over and any with damaged bark, dogleg kinks or other serious flaws have been removed and are sold as "Budget" shanks, which you will also find below for sale at a much reduced price.
Most will still require some degree of straightening and are not often suitable for the fitting of screw joints in the middle - you need straighter sticks for those.

35", 42", 48" or 54" long - put the number of any you want in the Qty (quantity) box then click on the "Add to cart" button below the section.

MAXIMUM SIX SHANKS so we can share them out.

Hazel shanks SEASONED Only (Not straightened).

WE ONLY HAVE A SMALL NUMBER OF SEASONED HAZEL SORTED AND AVAIABLE AT ANY GIVEN TIME. ONCE THEY HAVE GONE YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ONES ARE SORTED. NO STRAIGHTENED SHANKS, SORRY

Qty OUT OF STOCK Hazel Standard 52-54" £8.50

Qty OUT OF STOCK Hazel Lightweight 50-54" £4.50

Qty Hazel Heavyweight 52-54" £8.50 (OUT OF STOCK) (Please note we don't have collars to fit heavyweight shanks.)

Hazel shanks 46-48" SEASONED Only (OUT OF STOCK) (Not straightened) £7.50

Qty Hazel Shank 46-48" £7.50

Hazel shanks 40-42" SEASONED Only (Not straightened) £4.50

Qty OUT OF STOCK Hazel Shank 42"

Hazel shanks 36-38" SEASONED Only (Not straightened) LIGHTWEIGHT - 20-23mm at thicker end £3.50

Qty Hazel Shank 36-38" Lightweight Qty

  MAXIMUM OF 6 SHANKS PER ORDER - SEE ABOVE.

 

   

 If you order more than 6 shanks it will be reduced to share them out as stock is limited.

 

 

If you want shorter sections of stick for "wands" or other craft work try HERE

Hazel shanks are cut and bundled in the woods before being stored under cover for one to two years to season.

Hazel Standard Grade, 7/8th inch to 1 1/8th inch (22 mm to 28 mm) at thickest end.

Hazel Lightweight Grade less than 7/8th inch (22 mm) at thickest end.

Hazel Heavy Grade approx 1 1/8th inch (28 mm) up to 11/4" 32mm at thickest end.

Hazel Budget Grade anything from 7/8 inch to 11/4" (22-32mm).

BUDGET SHANKS 

Budget-priced hazel shanks, 46" to 56". May be quite thin, have damaged bark, kinks or other faults making them more difficult to work with. Good practice sticks or great for other uses (bird or reptile cages, natural garden canes etc.) or for sticks "full of character". ONLY £2.50 each

Qty Budget hazel shank £3.60

Qty

 

 

 

 

PUT A NUMBER IN ONE OR MORE "QUANTITY" BOXES ABOVE THEN CLICK ON THE ADD TO CART BUTTON

 

Maximum of 6 shanks per order, thank you.

Other stick varieties - Seasoned only

Less common varieties, standard grade. We do sometimes have them in light/heavyweight

                                           

                                          

ASH Bark normally grey, sometimes with a green tint which slowly fades. Lightly sand or scrape the top layer to reveal a lovely olive-brown under-bark.

Often very knotty bark - sand down or leave standing slightly proud. Ash takes stain very well and can look quite striking when stained dark brown, the really knobbly ones looking like thorn wood. Wood under the bark is almost white.

 

 

 OUT OF STOCK

 

 

 

 

 

Blackthorn shanks 40-46" SEASONED Only (Not straightened).

Qty Blackthorn 40" £12.00 each SOLD OUT

 

Blackthorn shanks 48-54" SEASONED Only (Not straightened).

Qty Blackthorn 48" £15.00 each SOLD OUT

 

HEAVYWEIGHT Blackthorn shanks 48-54" SEASONED Only (Not straightened). These are very hefty shanks!

Qty HEAVYWEIGHT Blackthorn 48" £15.00 each SOLD OUT

 

 

 

BLACKTHORN Very hard wood with deep reddish brown, purple or black bark - often very knotty. I only cut a few of these each year so stock soon runs out!

OUT OF STOCK AT PRESENT

 

  True Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa.

Thickness varies from around 22 to 30 mm thick at top. Heavyweight shanks are over 30mm and can go over 40mm.

Many Blackthorn shanks are oval or flattened in cross-section rather than circular, making it more difficult to get a neat joint with the handle or head unless a spacer or collar of some sort is used. Please note we don't have collars to fit heavyweight shanks.

Maximum of 6 shanks per order, thank you.

 

Forked hazel shanks, 45" to 56". ONLY £4.80 each or £24 for TEN!

Make your own thumbsticks or use for fishing rod rests or any other ideas you may have. No work has been done on these, other than trimming the ends and taking off side branches. Any straightening and finishing is left for you.

Forked hazel shank £4.80 each

10 Forked hazel shanks £36.00

 

 OUT OF STOCK

 

 

PUT A NUMBER IN ONE OR MORE "QUANTITY" BOXES ABOVE THEN CLICK ON THE ADD TO CART BUTTON

 

Forked hazel shanks, 32" to 44". ONLY £3.60 each or £21 for TEN!

Make your own short thumbsticks or use for fishing rod rests or any other ideas you may have. No work has been done on these, other than trimming the ends and taking off side branches. Any straightening and finishing is left for you.

Qty Forked hazel shank £3.60 each

Qty 10 Forked hazel shanks £21.00

 

 

OUT OF STOCK  

 

PUT A NUMBER IN ONE OR MORE "QUANTITY" BOXES ABOVE THEN CLICK ON THE ADD TO CART BUTTON

 

 


SHANKS CAN NOT BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE UK

 


Stick Press

Used for straightening seasoned sticks - will fit most woodworking vices (vice NOT included with press) and enginneers vices . Full instructions supplied - the way I straighten my own shanks and the tool I use for many years teaching others. Save yourself a load of money by straightening your own sticks!

ONLY £5.70

Amazingly, we have now sold over 3,000 of these!

We make these ourselves using recycled materials where possible and are selling several every week - over 2500 sold in all! There must be lots of you who wanted to straighten sticks but didn't know how to!

The two pictures on the right show just what can be done when you have the right tool!

See my video on YouTube showing how to use it: https://youtu.be/zG8-0ildYmw

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stick Press with a stick in a vice - you need at least 3" (80mm) between the jaw faces for the press and a stick to fit.

Below: Very bent stick before and after straightening with the press. It took me less than 10 minutes to straighten this 54 inch blackthorn stick!
We don't normally cut sticks this bend but blackthorn is worth having, no matter what it's like!

You need some form of heat to soften the sticks before straightening.

See my video on YouTube showing how to use it: https://youtu.be/zG8-0ildYmw


Epoxy putty

Two-part epoxy - mix equal amounts of adhesive and hardener together to start the setting reaction. The mixture sets slowly, starting off quite soft like Plasticine and slowly getting harder. In effect you have an hour or so before the mixture gets too stiff to work and it's pretty hard after three hours and can be handled after that. Black or white can be found on the TOOLS page.

Epoxy putty £3.60

Qty


Epoxy liquid Adhesive

Similar to "Araldite Rapid" but much cheaper! Five to ten minute working time, full strength achieved in 60 minutes. Setting times are slower in cool conditions.

Great for fixing heads and handles to shanks and for fitting screw joints and collars/spacers. Also good for filling hollows or cracks in horn handles - or mixed with wood or horn dust for filling larger spaces .

Perfect for fixing glass eyes in heads and many other uses.

Price £2.40 per pack

Epoxy Adhesive £2.40

Qty


PLEASE NOTE: PACK TYPE AND BRAND MAY VARY AS WE'RE STRUGGLING TO OBTAIN "NORMAL" SUPPLIES DUE TO MANUFACTURER DIFFICULTIES AT THIS TIME.


Wrist straps

Nylon with elastic loop, fits most sticks. £4.20 each

Black or brown available (Click on circle to change) if we are out of stock of your chosen colour we will send the other (unless you tell us not to).

Black

Brown Nylon wrist strap £4.20

Qty

Leather Lace

One metre length of brown leather lace

Brown
Leather lace £1.20 for 100 cm length.

100 cm

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Wading staff conversion kit. All the bits you need to convert your own stick into a Wading Staff. Kit includes lead sheet, shrink tube, nylon parachute cord, clips, pins, brass screw and rubber ferrule (23 mm unless you ask for different).
Instruction sheet for fitting the kit included.

To see my wading sticks click HERE

Wading Staff Conversion Kit £21.00

Qty


Black
Shrink tube 38 mm £2.10 per 20 cm length.

20 cm

Shrink tube 38 mm (1 1/2") diameter, for wading staffs and many other uses. Black, in cut lengths of 20 cm (8") or 1m (39")


Amazing stuff! 38 mm diameter shrinks to 19 mm when heat is applied (I use a paint-stripper gun) but length stays the same. Just slide it onto the stick and apply heat gently - increase the heat until shrinkage begins.

Forms a tight plastic cover. Can be used on metal, too. Stops soft wood and cane from fraying. Makes metal "warmer" to the touch.



For abrasives look on the TOOLS page

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