Wren Country Sticks was created in 2006 by myself Joe Musialowski after being made redundant. Probably one of the first websites to offer bespoke shepherds crooks and hand made walking sticks on the internet. I had already been stick making since 1993 as a member of The Midland Counties Stick Makers and later their editor and also a member of The British Stick Makers Guild, of which I am still a member to date.
The main stay of Wren Country Sticks work has always been the rams horn shepherds crook, hard wood crook, or even some made in other durable materials such as a beech laminate or Bishops croziers made in a combination of different materials. This has not however meant that carved dogs head walking stick and animal head walking sticks were not popular for they were and always gave me the greatest challenge and satisfaction when finished.
Now that I am retired and not particularly seeking commissions I hope to create many more of the dogs heads walking sticks and animal head walking sticks such as the woodcock thumb stick, which has been very popular and copied by a number of stick makers, and also hope to experiment with new concepts for walking sticks such as the travel stick for all the categories of walking sticks. Many overseas shepherds have asked for a travel version or two piece version of the crook and I now have the time to experiment.
As mentioned the use of none tradition materials such as laminates and metals has always been of interest to me when creating a new stick. Such a stick can be seen in the previously sold page of this website in the Norvik market stick which was made of a bur elm and aluminium. Or the Bishop Libby Lanes crozier which was made using Purple heart and aluminium. These are striking sticks and stray away from traditional methods of stick making, they are a challenge but a joy when they work.
This is a new website and may be some time before it works as well as my original website, also as every stick here is hand made from scratch by myself it will take time before I can build up my stock of sticks to a level where most visitors will find something of interest, so I apologise and ask for your patience while we rebuild Wren Country Sticks.
Further added 1st August 2017
For the last year or so I have been planning to stop taking orders for rams horn crooks. This is due in part at 70 years of age I want to return to wood carving more walking sticks, also I am finding it more and more difficult to source rams horn of a quality suitable to make decent crooks.
If and when I come across any horn that I feel will make a nice crook then I may just offer a few more crooks for sale on this web site but will not take any more orders for horn crooks, as with the walking sticks already available on the "Store" page these crooks will be offered there for sale, on a first come first served basis.
I am sorry to disappoint those customers that have already contacted me regarding crooks and who's orders have been turned down, but I do have to stop at some point and I have carried on making crooks a lot longer than intended.
Please do keep watching the Store page for any new crooks as well as my Facebook page.