Folk Art Walking Sticks & Canes
Folk walking canes are one of the largest area's for the walking stick collector to explore. A folk walking cane is a not a mass machine manufactured walking stick, more likely to be, a little primitive in application.The pure example being created by a lone individual whittling away at a piece of wood,filing bone or horn and possibly embellishing with copper,brass or some form of white metal to create an individual design.
At the other end of the folk walking cane spectrum being the walking stick manufacturer of past years, outsourcing the carving of canes with pre defined design criteria. Likely a silver, white metal collar added to the finished item by the manufacturer, bearing the makers stamp and metal makers punch. The more sophisticated canes being held to be wood based 'novelty' walking sticks.