The Winners have been announced for The Virtual Game Fair Carved Stick Making Championship in association with the Celtic Stickmakers Club sponsored by the Great Game Fairs of Ireland and Coch-y-Bonddu Books.
There were 31 entries from all over the UK and Ireland for the competition, which was judged by Paul Daunton (UK) a well-known stickmaker, carver and judge. All photographs were resized and were sent to Paul only identified by a random code. It is interesting that he obviously liked the style work of Paul O’Sullivan and Adam Tipton whose sticks appeared in the results several times. The standard of the entry was so good that many excellent examples of carving missed out within the prize structure. However a selection of these will be published on social media and in the Spring issue of the Irish Country Sports and Country Life magazine.
Best Painted Stick and Overall Winner: a Pheasant head by Dafydd Davies, Mid Wales
Runner Up with a Tiger Snake Adam Tipton, Kirkham Nr Preston Lancashire
Very Highly Commended: HC Adam Tipton – Adder
Very Highly Commended: Paul Purnell with a Lions Head, Lincs
Commended: Robert Upton, with Spaniel with Dummy, Waterford
Commended: Pat O’Sullivam -Mouse, Cork
Best Unpainted stick: Pat O’Sullivan, Cork – boot
Runner Up: Mouse by Pat O’Sullivan, Cork
Commended: Robin O’Reilly with a Pheasant Head, Lois