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The Hants & Dorset Stickmakers held their annual Stick Show on Sunday 28th of March 2010 at Woodlands Village hall. It was very well attended with 139 sticks being entered into 10 different classes. This year the show was aimed at novices and there was no entry fee, so this probably encouraged the good turn out. The judge this year was Rex Leeson who came down from Alveston near Bristol, he did a superb job for us in a relaxed and very friendly way.

Rex Leeson

Ray Cobern
our judge this year Mr rex leeson contemplating ray "best in show" cobern in the centre
Horn examples
Charlie Walker
charlies board of example horns
charlie walker demonstrates equipment for forming horn handles

Charlie Walker kept everyone entertained whilst Rex was judging, by giving a presentation on making horn sticks from Buffalo and Ram. It seemed to go down very well; everyone was quiet and attentive with the occasional comment and question from the audience.

Stick show winners Short sticks
the wiiners of the 2010 stick show
Winners of the classes for short sticks - tony powelltook first second and third

For Rex the emphasis was very definitely on the feel of the stick and how comfortable it would be to use over an extended period. I think our members appreciated this down to earth approach and it was refreshing to have common sense prevailing for a change, perhaps this was even more agreeable as they were all so-called novices, basically our rules this year stated, anyone who does not regularly enter and/or win at stick shows run by The British Stick-makers Guild.

We’ve had a lot of debate about this subject in our group since our last show, we’ve had occasions where one “expert” has dominated the show and gone home with a large proportion of the rosettes, whilst apparently demoralising many of the other entrants. So it was agreed that this year we would give the novices their chance to compete against each other and with free entry we had record numbers, so the day was a great success.

Rex Leeson's stciks

ray cobern wins best in show and reserve best in show

Some of rex leeson's sticks on display
This was our fourth annual Stick Show and probably the best so far, I think everyone enjoyed the day, especially the cakes at lunchtime provided by Peter’s wife Wendy. We will have to wait and see what format the show will take next year, the members no doubt will have a chance to express their views at the AGM later in the year, if not before, I suspect we may change a few classes next time at least.
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