It's European Yew (Taxus Bacchata), I think I of it somewhere on this forum, maybe even with you. It was a Yew branch, selected for cutting a bow. It matured and air dried for about two-and-a-half years. Then it turned out too thin and knotty fot that purpose. I sawed it off, measuring from the thin end, to fit the in-seam of my trousers. Not hat I would wear it there ofcourse but I like the whole ''Shillelagh'' -idea. I started cutting twenty cm. from,what was now the top, with my (very sharp) hunting knife. This sounds easy, I know. But it's rock hard and shine's immediately when carved under more than 45 degrees to the narural grain. After that, a very small-grain sandpaper and some oil and wax did the shiniest job! I live he feel of it when I'm walking with it and fel a hundred years longer.
Kind words! Thanks. I do n't get to brag much about my new hobby. You guys are about the only ones, I guess. My friends listen to me talking and nod at moments when this seems required of them but I get a sense they do n't appreciate sanding, cutting, splinters, knots and shavings as much as you do.
Next time I'll brag some more. Im categorising my stock o' sticks and I got some good stuff!
I get the same looks from my wife and kids. I've only made two sticks, but I spend a lot of time thinking about making more. My wife thinks I'm nuts for wanting to spend $150 - $200 on making my next stick. She nods and manages to look somewhat supportive, but I know she's just humoring me. After 17 years of marriage I know how it goes (-:
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