Every now and again I send a stick to a destination, or customer, that conjures up a intriguing image of it in use. About a year ago the wife of the owner of Duntrune Castle ordered a stick for her husband, the head of the Malcolm Clan. The castle was built in the 12th century and is one of the oldest continuously occupied castles in Scotland. It is supposedly haunted by a piper who met a gruesome end and whose skeleton was discovered during repairs to the castle.
I was lucky enough to sell a Crook to the current Duke of Wellington and was asked to send it to Apsley House his address in Piccadilly. The three Buffalo Horn Crooks that feature as the header on the 'Crook' page were made extra long to be used as Croziers. They were ordered by a lady Bishop in America ahead of her ordination. She was coming over to stay in London, visiting Derbyshire to have her vestments fitted. She travelled out of London and I picked her up from our local station, she selected an additional three sticks and I took her back to the station with a very large package.
Today I have dispatched two sticks to the Duke of Roxburghe at Floors Castle in the Scottish borders. What an impressive destination that is, a really spectacular house and estate. I feel very honoured and humble that people get attached to their sticks using them in in a whole range of wonderful locations.