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Arts and Crafts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Walking Stick Art II

Walking sticks go by many names: trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles or hiking sticks and have been used probably from the time our ancestors have been walking on two legs.

They were used to assist them walking through rough environment, climbing, and even to defend themselves if need be; pretty much the same as hikers do nowadays.

Ever since, the sticks have been subject for decoration and throughout history they also were a symbol of power, wealth, faith, etc. They eventually replaced the sword and became part of the outfit around the 17th and/or 18th century, but were most popular during the 19th century.

Not only have the walking sticks been made out of a diversity of woods and even whalebones, but they also came with different handles.

I didn't know it, but there are many people who collect walking sticks. I can see why; every stick has its own tale to tell and most of it may even be shown through and by some intricate and artistic carving and/or embellishments.

Imagine all the interesting stories we would hear if walking sticks were talking sticks!

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