Solid Stick Umbrellas
The Lockwood ‘Solid Stick’ umbrella is handmade by master umbrella makers at the Lockwood manufactory in North London, England. Employing centuries old techniques Lockwood craftsmen utilise the finest woods from across the globe.
THE MAKING PROCESS
The polished woods are cut into planks and steamed before being bent into crooks with hot aluminium plates. Once the planks have been separated, the dowels are then worked through a series of shaping and sanding processes before being lathe-turned to a diameter of 16mm – the optimal strength to weight ratio. The bark sticks are produced separately; specially grown saplings are coppiced at a measured stoutness and seasoned for minimum of 15 months before beginning the shaping process. After the stick has been shaped, slots are cut to fit the locking springs into the shaft, at which point the runner, notch and ribs are assembled around the stick to form the full umbrella frame. The canopy is then fitted by hand including all internal sewing details and furling band. Finally the umbrella is cut to length and the stick end is ferruled, now ready to protect it’s owner from any unwelcome showers.
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