When I wanted to write a book on the ‘First 50 Years of the Border Stick Dressers Association’, of which I am secretary , I found that that the cost of printing and publishing a short run of a fully Illustrated book was prohibitive so Lorna and I set up our own company to publish our own books.This enabled us to obtain the essential ISBN numbers, I set up the book on the computer and found a local printer who would print them for us at a fraction of the cost of larger companies. We initially took the book and subsequent ones to the shops ourselves and left them on a ‘sale or return’ basis, we now have a local distributor, which obviously means lower returns but much less hassle.
This is a 68 page book that I have compiled from the archives of the BSDA. The 12 centre pages contain coloured photographs of sticks made by various members over the years, of all qualities, styles and materials.
This book which unfortunately is now out of print, having sold 500 copies, although it is sometimes seen for sale on ebay. The foreword was kindly written by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Set in Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s a collection
of stories and memories of summers spent on the isolated farms in this remote area
of England’s most northerly and sparsely populated county. A humorous look, in prose
and verse, at a way of life which has now sadly disappeared. Illustrated with line
drawings and old photographs. This book was written by Lorna as she felt that unless
she set down her experiences then this social history would be lost forever. Initially
it was written for family members only but as the cost for 50 copies was the same
as for 500, we went ahead with 500 and the book is now in its 2nd reprint having
sold over 1,000 copies. ISBN 0-