Classic Canes - Extending Derby Canes

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Classic Canes - Extending Derby Canes

Cheerful canes for everyday use.  The height-adjustable aluminium shaft has multi-coloured, modern floral patterns. It is fitted with a smart, wooden derby handle in black lacquered hardwood and a black non-slip rubber ferrule. Ferrule diameter 19mm.

It is adjustable from 76 to 99cm (30 to 39") and can be altered to suit a wide range of users.  

Item weight is 350g.

The Derby Style

Reputedly the invention of an earlier Lord Derby, who wanted a supportive walking stick that he could also hook over his arm, this style provides excellent support and can be held in either hand. The user’s weight is carried directly over the shaft of this stick. Their hand is supported as it can neither slip forward nor back. The sides of the derby handle should be rounded for comfort, not flat-sided. One of the most popular handles for the walking stick user in need of light to middling support and balance. Variations include the Melbourne Derby, which has a more rounded shape and the petite derby handle.

About Classic Canes

Classic Canes grows rustic walking sticks in its Somerset woodland using the centuries-old forestry technique of coppicing. 

Native British hardwoods such as ash, hazel and blackthorn are cut off to a height of approximately 120cm from the ground.  New shoots result and take three to four years to grow to the correct diameter for walking sticks such as hiking staffs, thumbsticks and knobsticks. 

The wood is harvested in the winter when the sap is down in the trees, before being dried for at least a year to remove the moisture from the wood. 

The sticks are then steamed and straightened before being hand sanded, varnished and fitted with ferrules to become finished walking sticks. Each one is unique.
 
Coppicing has many ecological benefits.  The wood constantly renews itself so there is no need for clear felling or replanting.  The system allows light to reach the forest floor, encouraging native wildflowers and the fauna that depend on them.