What is it about a stick??? No matter where we go on the waterways, for towpath walks or cross-country rambles, when passing hedgerows or through woodland, there’s always that desire to pull out a stick and prod, write, drag, or generally waft a stick about…
The stick is a universal toy. Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure (for all ages!) and it provides a starting point for an active imagination and the raw material for transformation into almost anything! As New York’s National Museum of Play pointed out when they selected a stick for inclusion in their National Toy Hall of Fame, ‘It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight’s sword, a boat on a stream, or a slingshot with a rubber band . . .’
I blame my grandad for passing the ‘stick bug’ to me. He always carried a walking stick and would pull down the fattest blackberries using the curve of the stick. Joe in particular has caught the ‘bug’ from me… he loves a stick too!
From pushing twigs into the Kelly Kettle for fuel, to walking sticks and fishing rods, todays post is simply a celebration of all things ‘stick-ish’. And if it sparks your imagination too, why not have a look at The Stick Book.