Stick­ing to what he knows

The Press - Zest - - Culverden Christmas Country Fete -

Al­ife of hunt­ing and fish­ing pro­vided the in­spi­ra­tion for the widen­ing ca­reer path of Peter Wells, of Awa­tere Val­ley, Marl­bor­ough, and his com­pany, Wild­mount.

An award-win­ning taxi­der­mist, he re­cently moved from Ro­torua to Marl­bor­ough to pur­sue his vo­ca­tion which, in re­cent times, has pri­mar­ily been di­rected at the re­quire­ments of mu­se­ums and the Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment.

At the Cul­ver­den Christ­mas Coun­try Fete, how­ever, he will be launch­ing a new range of prod­ucts that is also de­rived from his ex­pe­ri­ences as a hunter and fish­er­man.

He will be ex­hibit­ing hunt­ing and walk­ing sticks, crafted from car­bon fi­bre tub­ing, that are light, rigid and ex­tremely strong. Wells used to thrust a hunt­ing or walk­ing stick into the ground and drape his am­mu­ni­tion bag, empty gun slip and jacket over it to stop them get­ting wet.

He now of­fers a hik­ing pole, a wad­ing staff, a stock­man’s and hunter’s stick, and a hip-height walk­ing cane. The canes are ben­e­fi­cial in the event of in­jury and are use­ful for out­door work or sports.

His ear­lier mod­els were of deer antler and had a fixed top.

Now the tops can be un­screwed and are in­ter­change­able with other fit­tings so the sticks may be used for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses. The quar­ter-inch thread al­lows a cam­era to be screwed on to them so the stick may be em­ployed as a mono­pod. Sim­i­larly, a ri­fle may be rested on a rub­ber yoke sup­port that is screwed on to the stick or the hooked han­dle of a shep­herd’s crook at­tached to it so it may be used for a stock ap­pli­ca­tion.

Wells is even mak­ing a smaller ver­sion for chil­dren.

The prod­ucts are from the Wild­mount Field Stick Sys­tem which has the en­gag­ing slo­gan, Ver­sa­til­ity For All Walks Of Life.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see wild­ or phone 03 575 7574.

Stick craft: Peter Wells, of Wild­mount, demon­strates prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions for his hunt­ing sticks while the birds are ev­i­dence of his other area of ex­per­tise, taxi­dermy.

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