Thursday, April 12, 2012
Largest walking sticks collection: Billy Sutton sets world record
Cartersville, VA, USA--Billy Sutton, 73, and a lifelong resident of Cartersville, has a collection of 932 walking sticks whittled out of wood, wrought in silver, and carved from ivory , setting the world record for the Largest walking sticks collection,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Billy Sutton has 932 walking sticks whittled out of wood, wrought in silver, and carved from ivory. Photo: Emily Darrell (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Largest collection of ice lolly sticks was set by Poul Lykke Jepsen (Denmark), who has 449 different ice lolly sticks.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest game of pick up sticks: 9.10 m (29 ft 10.3 in) long and 14.5 cm (5.7 in) in diameter; it was played by the pupils of St. Johns Preparatory School in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Sutton, 73, and a lifelong resident of Cartersville, has walking sticks whittled out of wood, wrought in silver, and carved from ivory.
One has a top that can be unscrewed and doubles as flask. Another contains a sword.
Some of the walking sticks, or canes – call them what you will; he has no preference – Sutton fashioned himself. Others he picked up at yard sales or flea markets.
According to 'The Powhatan Today,' Sutton began his collection about 25 years ago, when a man whose home he was working on – Sutton once ran a painting business – gave him his first cane.
Though Sutton says the appearance of a cane isn't nearly as important as whether or not it "feels good in your hand," the visual impact of his collection is striking.
Themes include African art, sailors, dragons, Jesus, Santa Claus, snakes, the US Presidents, and villages in Germany.
(Many of Sutton's canes are adorned with bits of German memorabilia. His wife is from Germany and he was stationed there with the 82nd Airborne Division in the early 60's.)
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Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:06 AM