Espley Walking Sticks handcrafted in north Wales, United Kingdom
My interest in walking sticks began over thirty years ago when I wanted a thumbstick and all I could find at local shows were poor quality and overpriced factory-made specimens, so I decided to make my own and purchased a book on the craft of stick dressing.
One after another I turned out sticks from hazelwood, making simple knobsticks and thumbsticks, but the pictures in my book were of splendid horn handled crooks and stick handles with carved animal heads and I was determined to learn the skills necessary to create such works of art.
I specialise in Welsh mountain rams horn handled sticks, particularly plain market sticks and shepherds crooks but also decorated handles with animal carvings.
My walking sticks are finished to the highest standard, made in the traditional way, well balanced and proportioned with a nice comfortable hand, all intended for daily use.
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I just wanted to write and say how much I love my shepherds crook bought for me by my husband as a Christmas present. I think it’s made from Jacobs horn,
Could you tell me what the wood is? I could never use it on the sheep as it’s far to nice, so will be used as a sheep showing/dog trialing stick.
Thanks again for this beautifully crafted gift I absolutely love it.
The stick arrived safely yesterday and was in action when my wife took the dogs for a walk on Salisbury Plain today. We are both thrilled with your work, thank you for taking such trouble, it’s so good to have an old friend up and running again.
Your collar solution is inspired and a very neat piece of work.
Thank you for your assistance. We know exactly where to refer enquiries in future should friends ever ask!
Order #5507 – stick has arrived safely and I am extremely happy with it! Excellent work of art and the silver collar finishes it off beautifully – well worth the price!!
Many thanks – Phil.
My stick has safely arrived. It’s stunning and I love it. Fits perfect in my hand and so light. Thank you
Sally. Tiverton, Devon
Hi Tony just received one of your Rams horn trout sticks from my family for my 65th birthday I am absolutely delighted with it thank you.
Stay safe @ well.
Hi Tony, Received both crooks today in good order. They really look fantastic!
You’re an artist!
Thnxs very much!
Dear Mr Espley,
The stick has arrived, and I am delighted with it. Thank you so much for your fantastic service. I popped the cheque in the post last night so it should be with you soon.
Thank you once again, you have saved the day!
Tony; Very pleased thank you.I’m not sure how the crook was sent, but was delivered by FedEx, very quickly. Might have told you that already. It is more beautiful than pictured. You also get the prize for packaging.
Everything is perfect, thanks.
Just to let you know our stick arrived this morning.
My husband is very happy with it. It is a lovely item.
A busy few weeks in the workshop since Christmas. Plenty of new orders coming in and I’ve also found time to get out cutting shanks for next year. Its always enjoyable searching through woodland looking for that perfect specimen. To date I have cut approximately three hundred hazel shanks and a few prized holly shanks. …
We have some great stocking fillers for the game shooters and dog owners this Christmas! Simple holly and hazel knob sticks for use when walking the dog and some buffalo horn Cumbria pattern market sticks and thumb sticks, some with magnetic ferrules to pick up your spent cartridges and collars with a flying pheasant engraved …