THE CROOKED STICK VISION
From small beginnings our vision has grown and we are working to establish The Crooked Stick Co.as a brand synonymous with innovation and originality.
We create products, ideas and concepts that stimulate fun and enrich peoples' lives through laughter, good memories and the strengthening of relationships.
We strive to empower people and to contribute to a more fulfilling life for all.
We value empathy for others, respect for life, cheerfulness even in difficult times, and are determined to encourage enthusiasm in others through innovation and creativity.
THE CROOKED STICK STORY
The business started in 2004, predictably in a garage. A gift on my 50th birthday initiated the idea and we were astounded by the positive response people had to the novelty walking stick.
It seemed to hit the 'F' Spot (Fun Spot).
Our farm, Hebron, in South Africa has large areas of eucalyptus tree plantations which are the source of our walking sticks.
We soon discovered that another need could be met through this fledgling business – that of providing employment to a number of previously disadvantaged people. Wood is cut in a sustainable manner from forests in the area. This is allowed to dry before being treated with preservatives and cut to size. Handles are then fitted and all the crafting and finishing is done by hand.
Beadwork, metalwork and the creation of gift bags to package the sticks are all tasks performed by people in the local village.
THE CROOKED STICK BREWING COMPANY STORY
I started to think of brewing beer on our farm Hebron way back in the 1990’s. A friend and fellow beer lover from the UK and I looked at a possible project . In those days there was very little information available for home brewers. Equipment was expensive and geared for bigger operations and the idea was shelved. In 2014 thoughts about brewing beer on the farm resurfaced and a start was made. I bought a kit from a supplier in Jo’burg and set to work in the kitchen. Initial results were mixed but with perserverance some progress was made and soon full grain brewing was under way. A suitable premises was sought and it was decided to restore three old structures namely the old milk separating room, the adjoining engine room a delapidated structure which housed the motor used to drive the waterpump at the borehole and a cement water tank.
LET US CUSTOMISE YOUR CROOKED WALKING STICK !