Classic Canes is unusual among walking stick suppliers because we grow and manufacture our own rustic walking sticks in our woodlands in Somerset, England. Ash, hazel and blackthorn walking sticks are manufactured at Classic Canes using the centuries-old 'coppice-with-standards' forestry system. Classic Canes customers with trade accounts are welcome to visit by appointment. We are not open to the public.
Beneath an upper canopy of maturing timber trees, smaller ash trees are cut at a height of approximately 120cm (4'). Each tree produces new shoots, which are just above the nibbling height of the woodlands' population of wild roe deer. Over the next few years, these shoots grow to the correct height and diameter to form raw material for walking sticks. Often part of the original tree is cut with the walking stick; turned the other way up, this becomes the handle for a knobstick. Straight sections of wood become hiking poles, and those with a natural 'V' in the wood become thumbsticks.
Flora and fauna
The coppicing system is also very friendly to nature. It forms an ideal habitat for woodland birds, small mammals, butterflies, other insects and wildflowers to flourish. The Classic Canes woodlands contain many interesting sights, from greater spotted and green woodpeckers to unusual orchids!
In July 2012, Classic Canes was awarded the Silver Prize in the Royal Forestry Society's Small Woodland competition for the whole of the West Country for our coppice and mixed woodland. Ben collected our prize at the Westonbirt Arboretum and received a lot of local press coverage as a result.
Press coverage of our forestry activities:
Country Living Magazine
We are members of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS): www.rfs.org.uk Ben Porter is chairman of the local area branch of the RFS.
We are also members of:
The Country Landowners' Association www.cla.org.uk
The Federation of Small Businesses www.fsb.org.uk
The National Farmers' Union www.nfuonline.com