Made like an extra long paddle shaft, with a traditional canoe paddle grip, this 60″ Skinny Stick is built from Sassafras, has been finished with our Badger Wood Oil and given the extra touch of a traditional leather wrap. Last one in stock for 2016!
1 in stock
This 60″ Skinny Stick is made from Sassafras, has been finished with our Badger Wood Oil and an added leather wrap. Last one in stock!
Made like an extra long paddle shaft, with a traditional canoe paddle grip, Mike designed this walking stick specifically for Wendy Swift* last season (2015) because he had noticed that Wendy was always picking up different branches and small tree falls to utilize during her daily summer walks at the Algonquin Outfitters (AO) Oxtongue location.
Mike was not always satisfied with Wendy’s sticks of choice and felt that some of them were not exactly the safest for her to use. So he took it upon himself to make a paddle-style-walking-stick for Wendy – who is also known around these parts as “Skinny” – that could be cut down to her perfect size and finished off with a leather wrap.
Wendy Swift and her Skinny Stick!
He made a few more afterwards, and named them all after Wendy (of course!) to honour her and her legendary status around AO*. She was totally digging it too – as you can see by the smile on her beautiful face in the photo above.
And that is the story of the “Skinny Stick”.
*Wendy and her husband, Bill, started the iconic outfitters – AO – along side of another business partner, back in 1961; with her family and son, Rich Swift, continuing with the AO traditions (and expanding on its success) to this day!