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What is the Best Wood for Walking Sticks?

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

There are many different things to consider when you're choosing your next wooden walking stick, namely the material that's been used to make it. At WalkingSticks.co.uk, we understand how difficult this decision can be. Read our latest blog to find out which kind of wood is the best for your next walking stick.

What is the Strongest Wood for a Walking Stick?

There are a couple of extremely strong types of wood that are known for durability: oak and blackthorn. These are perfect if you're looking for a stick that will last a long time or offer you sturdy support.

Oak Wood

Oak is a popular hardwood that's known for its robustness and beauty. This traditional material is highly durable, which means that your stick will last a long time without becoming damaged. Some people even say that oak looks better with age!

We have a wide range of Oak Walking Sticks available, including this Holm Oak Derby Walking Cane with a rustic appeal that makes it perfect for everyday use in both town or country:

Holm Oak Derby Walking Cane

Holm Oak Derby Walking Cane

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  • Made from extremely durable Holm oak wood
  • Fitted with a brass collar and rubber ferrule
  • Features a comfortable Derby handle
  • Suitable for casual everyday use
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Blackthorn Wood

Blackthorn is another strong contender and is often used for fighting sticks, including the traditional Blackthorn Irish Shillelagh, which is an old fighting weapon. These were once used to settle disputes in a civil manner, much like sword and pistol duels fought in late 18th century England.

The strength of the wood makes them particularly useful for country or hiking sticks, which can be seen throughout our Blackthorn Walking Sticks category. An example of this is the stunning Blackthorn and Beech Derby Handle Walking Stick, with a rich colour and natural appearance to ensure it isn't only practical, but beautiful as well:

Blackthorn and Beech Derby Handle Walking Stick

Blackthorn and Beech Derby Handle Walking Stick

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  • Natural blackthorn walking stick with a beech handle
  • Fixed height of 36" (91cm) ideal for most users
  • Derby handle for improved comfort and convenience
  • Handle is flame scorched for visual appeal and longevity
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What Is the Most Beautiful Wood?

There are several types of wood that are known for their beauty, including ash and beech. Both types of wood are extremely different in terms of looks; whereas ash is fairly light in colour, beech is much darker. The wood you choose might depend on where you want to use the stick.

Ash Wood

Although often overlooked as a result of the popularity of oak in Britain, ash wood is a beautiful material with an interesting grain. We have a wide range of Ash Walking Sticks available, including this Ash Derby Handle Wooden Walking Stick, featuring a light ash shaft that beautifully contrasts with its dark wooden handle. This grain of the elegant cane adds a little darkness to the light ash wood shaft:

Ash Derby Handle Wooden Walking Stick

Ash Derby Handle Wooden Walking Stick

  • Ash wood walking stick for reliable support
  • Fixed height of 36" (91cm) ideal for most users
  • Stained brown Derby handle for improved comfort and convenience
  • Includes a rubber ferrule for use on varied terrains
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Beech Wood

Beech is a beautiful wood for formal functions or events. At WalkingSticks.co.uk, we have a wide range of Beech Walking Sticks to choose from, so whether you're looking for a rustic cane or a novelty stick, we've got something for you in beech wood.

For example, this Spiral Knob Handle Twisted Beech Walking Stick pictured below is a sturdy walking stick that is delightfully dark for use in a range of settings and features a twisted spiral pattern on the shaft that sets it apart from other beech sticks. The knob handle of the walking stick is comfortable to use and visually pleasing, making it an excellent everyday walking stick and a versatile fashion accessory:

Spiral Knob Handle Twisted Beech Wooden Walking Stick

Spiral Knob Handle Twisted Beech Wooden Walking Stick

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  • Beech walking stick with elegant spiral pattern
  • Knob fits comfortably in the palm of the hand
  • Height of 35" (89cm) ideal for most individuals
  • Rubber ferrule improves safety on varied terrains
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Still Not Sure Which Wood to Settle On?

Then go for a stick that combines multiple stunning types of wood! The Exotic Ebony, Maple and Padouk Derby Handle Cane shown below might be your answer. Designed with a beech shaft and ebony, maple and padouk handle, this stylish stick is a must have. The stick has a black and red shaft, making it ideal for formal occasions like the races and gatherings:

Exotic Ebony, Maple and Padouk Derby Cane

Exotic Ebony, Maple and Padouk Derby Cane

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  • Exquisite parquetry-inspired design for walking stick collectors
  • Unusual and exotic walking stick ideal for formal events
  • Sturdy beech wood shaft for improved strength
  • Practical Derby handle for ease of use and handling
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