“Stickmaking: a complete course” (9781861080837) enjoys an excellent reputation amongst stickmakers and stick enthusiasts as a leading book in the field. This edition updates the original, with expanded sections on how to make and source tools and formers, and where to find materials. It also includes updated projects and a more in depth treatment of the history and philosophy of stickmaking.
The book remains an essential guide for those interested in learning the processes and techniques involved with the manufacture of a variety of traditional sticks, outlining the processes in a clear, straightforward manner using a wealth of diagrams and photographs. It is also contains valuable, up-to-date information on how and where to source the raw materials of stickmaking, how to find, cut and season wood, and where to locate materials such as ram and buffalo horn, all considered from an international perspective. The revision brings "Stickmaking: a complete course" one step closer to becoming the stickmaker's bible, with a more comprehensive coverage of the history and tradition of the craft. Why make sticks? What makes a good stick? How has stickmaking developed and where is it going? This new edition answers all of these questions and poses a few more. With a considered treatment of the perennial issues of form and function, this book is equally accessible to stick enthusiasts, amateur craftsmen and experienced professionals alike.