Whether for yourself or another...this is the Gift of Gifts!! Together we will compile memorable events of one's life and create suitable text and/or icons to commemorate those events from birth to present.
A life history stick, or genealogy stick, is a walking stick or cane that is adorned with wood burned and oil colored images and text that depict the events of a person's life. The events can be anything meaningful to its owner; birth dates, baptism, graduation, marriage, significant trips, jobs, achievements, etc. These can be augmented by birth stones or other inlaid stones/gems. Tops of the sticks may be carved with an image meaningful to the recipient or enhanced with lanyards, beading, feathers, wood tags and so on.
These make perfect gifts for parents, grandparents, or an accomplished family member and will likely become a family heirloom. They also make perfect and highly personalized gifts for retirees or honored employers/employees.
Cane tips are available for all seasons. The winter tip has a pick for navigating through ice and snow.
The following pictures are images from several hikers I have made. These are personal to the owner or the recipient, therefore only intended as fodder for your own ideas. These are most often the result of an entire family's or business associates' input. This is definitely not a "snap gift", but it is always a treasured one. Price is dependent on the number of images, the addition of stones, beads, lanyards and so on. Once you have decided on what it is you want, I will be better able to quote a price.
Click on the center arrow of the window below to see the full length and merry-go-round view of one hiking stick and hear an explanation of why these make such a treasured gift for yourself or another. I give special attention to what it means to seniors who are beginning to have mobility issues, who are beginning to lose friends one-by-one, who are entering situations where they must make new friends, who are showing signs of memory loss and how this genealogy hiker can help them along this road both literally and figuratively.
Icon Gallery 1 Click to enlarge To continue an enlarged version of the icons, simply click the picture to proceed to the next one.
Icon Gallery 2 Click to enlarge To continue an enlarged version of the icons, simply click the picture to proceed to the next one.
Types of Wooden Hiking Sticks
To view a variety of hiking sticks available, please click on the image to the left. If you are ordering for an older person, you will want to choose wood that is both light-weight and sturdy such as aspen. You can send me a hiker that you already own or I can supply one for you. I have a limited number in stock and ordering takes approximately one week if the supplier has it in stock.
Optional Cane Tip With Retractable Spike for Ice,Snow and Hiking Paths
You can order this special cane tip with your hiker or you may choose to purchase it yourself at a store near you.