I showed up for a canoe trip on the Shenandoah this past Summer with my Dad and my Uncle. After a good day of fishing and playing on the water we’re all getting ready to leave and my Pops says “Wait a minute, I want to show you something.” He pulls a walking stick that he had made in his garage out of the back of his pickup and hands it to me. “Check this out,” he says. I’ve seen a few walking sticks, but never one with a bayonet. Not only does it have a bayonet, it has dry storage for your fire starter and enough ornate 550 cord to hog tie a black bear. It’s a survival stick. I was impressed and even more thankful when he gifted it to me.
Come to find out he had been making these walking sticks in his garage for a year and selling them at trade shows. Now my old man knows a lot more about the rivers and the mountains than he does about the Internet. On the other hand, I’m a technical consultant that works in the outdoor industry when not traveling the world (You can read about my adventures around the planet on my personal blog freewheelings). I got to thinking that there must be other out there like my dad and started Walking Stick Trader.
The truth is, he doesn’t even know about it yet. I want to take the time to turn it into a thriving online marketplace for craftsmen. So, if you make fine crafted walking sticks and need a place to peddle your wares let’s work together.