Classic Canes Limited is a Somerset-based family business specialising in growing, manufacturing and wholesaling walking sticks, seat sticks an umbrellas. It was established in 1982 by Diana and Ben Porter when they realised the raw material for walking sticks was growing naturally in their woodland near Hinton St George. Having started at the proverbial kitchen table, the family business has since grown to supply over 2,000 retailers in more than 40 countries worldwide. The unique product range comprises over 700 models of traditional and contemporary walking sticks. The company’s speciality is the thumbsticks, hiking staffs, knobsticks and other rustic sticks made from native British hardwoods such as ash, hazel and blackthorn. Today, the company is run by Ben and Diana’s daughter, Charlotte Gillan, and employs 11 people.