Spiraled Chestnut Crook
Single piece of beautiful chestnut wood that has been bent, flamed and twice turned to create a unique double spiral design. Modeled after a German walking stick called "Ziegenhainer", which was traditionally shaped by wrapping a honeysuckle root around the branch of a cornel cherry tree.
Finished with a nickle-plated ferrule at the bottom, this crook is approximately 54 inches tall. Each piece is created by hand, which guarantees a unique and beautiful product.
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.
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Judy C from California
This is a beautiful work of art, an unbelievable price for a handcrafted item.
Tani B from Utah
A beautiful crook. We used it for a Christmas event so it has not had practical experience. :)
Kevin B from New Mexico
This crook was beautiful and if I had just hung it on the wall as an ornament, I'd have given it 5 stars. Unfortunately I tried to use it the day after I received it.
My 8mo old Navajo-Churro ram, who probably weighs less than 100lbs, shook his head as soon as he felt the crook around his neck. That was all it took to snap it in half. I was very disappointed.
This item is fine for use as a prop in a Christmas pageant but definitely not recommended as a sheep herding tool.
Elmer O from Texas
We love the hook it sure saves a lot of time.
Andrea V from Illinois
This is the perfect crook. We just started herding lessons & this is perfect for green dogs.