Sticking to what he knows
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 wildmount.com 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.