Rustic thumb walking stick



A one-day walking stick-making course w learning the basic skills involved in making your own sticks. No experience is needed but a willingness and ability to use hand tools is essential. Suitable for anyone with a bit of stick-making knowledge who would like to improve and learn some new tricks is also welcome. Everyone who attends learns how to straighten a stick, make a steel rod/pin to join the handle to the shank, and use simple tools to carve and shape the rustic thumbstick handle and shank to a finished stage. You will leave with a completed stick selecting to make a thumbstick . There will also be the opportunity at the end of the course to purchase components/blanks for you to continue your new hobby at home if you desire. At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high-quality teaching from our tutors and our low class numbers (max 6 for most classes) and a number of our courses also have an assistant. We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed and allow students to learn more You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, but are not essential. Please note this course will require a good level of manual dexterity on your fingers & be able to stand whilst working. This course is not suitable for those with limited hand mobility/arthritis.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day. Refreshments throughout the course. Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen. PPE is available where applicable. All green woodworking courses are based outside. Most other courses inside based but bring clothing/footwear/sunscreen etc. suitable to working outdoors in the season you attend.


1 day (9:30am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Set in a beautiful ancient woodland, our traditional skills and heritage craft courses are inspired by nature. Our friendly craftspeople will guide you with their knowledge of age-old methods and natural materials to learn, make new friends and create!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
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J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 2QZ