LinderCroft is a
cottage based business. I, Linda Foley, am the
owner/operator. I do most of the work, although my
husband Jim cuts the blanks for me.
I use recycled wood, or wood from dead trees and twigs,
although I do buy wood on occasion. Bone from antler or
beef is also used at times. Nothing is deliberately
destroyed to make my products. I take pride in my work
ensuring the sticks are very good quality, smooth and
The sticks are primarily made with a belt sander, dremel
and sandpaper, although occasionally I do whittle them
completely without power tools.
There is a story behind LinderCroft's Sticks and Stuff.
I was interested in starting a Cottage Craft to
help fund my desire for a homesteading venture. The
homestead never truly happened but I did find my niche -
It started very simply. It was hot out but I hadn't
brought anything to put my hair up, so I carved a crude
stick to use and it worked. I was down at the river with
lots of time to spare, so I whittled a nice one. I
posted about it on a message forum. Several people
commented about the quality and simplicity and asked me
to make them a pair - a Cottage Craft was born. That was in
2007 and I have been making them ever since.
My original sticks were an oval shape. I now make ovals,
tapers, and Ribbons with a few oddball ones thrown in!
Ribbon Sticks™ came about because I was asked if I could
make a corkscrew, something like a Ketylo. I fiddled
with it until I found something that worked. The
surprising thing about them is they hold the hair very
well and actually work better than the Ketylo! Because
mine resemble a curled ribbon straightened a little, I
named them Ribbon Sticks™. They work because the tip
catches a little of the scalp hair, then a little of the
bun hair and continues as it screws into the hair. The
stick gets tighter as it is screwed in.
In the beginning I only used oil polish and beeswax. Now
I use a clear enamel to help make them more water
resistant. I am also making a few that have a hand
rubbed oil finish.
I also make a book press
that will bind books with the standard full sized A4 sheets lengthwise, ½ common A4 sheets, ½ legal sheets, bill size, and a full sheet of A4 sideways.
Book presses are sanded smooth, but no other finish is