The thumbstick is so called because it is meant to be held with the thumb resting in the natural V of a branch.
Made from sweet wooden chestnut, it is beautifully finished for a comfortable, natural look and feel. The base of the stick is fitted with a removable rubber ferrule and a metal point. Approximately 56 in. tall. As with all wood products, natural variations will occur, ensuring that each piece is truly one of a kind.
In 1868, in the small community of Lindewerra, Germany, an unassuming man named Johannes began producing walking sticks as supplemental income. It was his son, Louis, who took production to a new level—by developing new styles, tools and techniques.
During the volatile post-WWII years, the business was moved from Lindewerra (in East Germany) across the border to Bad Sooden-Allendorf (West Germany). By the 1970s, over 600,000 sticks were produced annually. As production and facilities grew, the business expanded into orthopedic walking aids.
Today, the same family now employs over 40 craftsmen in two production facilities. Their focus remains on classic walking sticks, natural canes and hunting sticks. Alloy and carbon poles have also been added to their product offering. Although they are outfitted with modern and efficient equipment, many of wooden sticks are crafted the same way they were in 1868—by careful hands, vintage tools, and unparalleled skill.