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    Thanks everyone for the tips and recommendations. All worth considering.

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    The Thomas referred to above lives here in Georgia, and is a registered hobbyist. I sent him an e-mail about the mention.
    His reply is that happily and sadly he has none on hand and none in the pipeline. That's the sadly. The happily is the reason,
    a pair of children that fill all available hobby time. He is grateful for the mention and people thought his work worth remembering.
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    I had me a cromach, let a ladyfriend use it for a hike and somehow the horn broke in half when she needed it most - see Steve's advice above.

    She was heartbroken, thinking she'd destroyed something precious of mine. No problem. Glued the horn back and now its a decoration.

    I do a lot of hiking of late and found Brazos Walking Sticks

    https://www.brazos-walking-sticks.co...BoCpv0QAvD_BwE

    Bought the oak shepherd's crook stick - sorta kinda like a cromach - and have been most pleased with the quality. It has miles in rugged country with no problem. And I don't think the crook part will ever fail me like the horn did.

    I also picked up the screw together 3 piece hiking stick for river trips. It screws up just a snug as a break down pool cue...has long thick screws.

    Anyway, check Brazos' webpage...I think they do sort of semi-custom work too.
    Ol' Macdonald himself, a proud son of Skye and Cape Breton Island
    Lifetime Member STA. Two time winner of Utilikiltarian of the Month.
    "I'll have a kilt please, a nice hand sewn tartan, 16 ounce Strome. Oh, and a sporran on the side, with a strap please."

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    When you see people with those nordic sticks a cromach seems remarkably un-pretentious by comparison. My neighbour, an elderly gent, always takes his brolly nowadays and openly admits he wouldn’t be seen dead with a walking stick so that is his alternative! I do think, however, that a shooting stick would be a much better option for anyone needing to “take the weight off” when out and about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdinSteve View Post
    When you see people with those nordic sticks a cromach seems remarkably un-pretentious by comparison. My neighbour, an elderly gent, always takes his brolly nowadays and openly admits he wouldn’t be seen dead with a walking stick so that is his alternative! I do think, however, that a shooting stick would be a much better option for anyone needing to “take the weight off” when out and about.
    As a very regular user of shooting sticks I agree, discussion in detail is tricky here due to an interest that cannot be mentioned here. However, they are indeed a useful piece of kit, but in my experience they are nowhere near as handy as a cromach for day to day use.
    " Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of idle minds and minor tyrants". Field Marshal Lord Slim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    As a very regular user of shooting sticks I agree, discussion in detail is tricky here due to an interest that cannot be mentioned here. However, they are indeed a useful piece of kit, but in my experience they are nowhere near as handy as a cromach for day to day use.
    I like the idea of a cromach but I think for me my home made version with a nice curved antler handle with a "V" is more practical. It can serve as a place for my thumb for more leverage and it can be a rest when participating in the interest Jock and I share but can't discuss. I also would have a hard time doing without the leather strap I loop around my wrist which I realise is not traditional with a cromach. However I use it every day it is very handy when you need to use both hands, say to use binoculars, without dropping your stick. I have watched videos from the highlands which show users sticking their cromach in the ground while they did this but here about half the year the ground is frozen and that option is not available.

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    If the ground is frosted or we are on rock, then we just hang the cromach on our arm when using binoculars.

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    " Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of idle minds and minor tyrants". Field Marshal Lord Slim.

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    My cromach...

    "Good judgement comes from experience, and experience
    well, that comes from poor judgement."
    A. A. Milne

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    If any cromach owners would be so kind as to give me many measurements of cromach, I would like to take a crack at making one. If it turns out well, I'll donate it to any one on forum that wants it. Larry

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    For a linguistic aside, the Gaelic word crom means bent or crooked hence cromach c.f. shepherd's crook.
    Another crom word is cas-chrom
    https://www.ambaile.org.uk/detail/en...-cas-chrom.htm

    Alan

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