This is a great time to challenge ourselves to try some new things with our stick making in the New Year. Getting in to carving or adding decorative elements to our work. Doing new handles, trying new finishes. I plan to do more of the types of sticks our Europe and Australian sick makers are doing. I like the antler and horn look and the carved animal toppers they do so well. If you want to get in to carving I encourage you just jump in! You do not need to spend a lot of money. Just a good sharp carving knife and a box of band aids can get you started. I started with a Xacto kit I paid $12 for. If you want to spend a little more you can get a nice beginner kit with carving knifes, palm u gouge and v tool for around $50. You can find them on Amazon. I would also recommend checking out any carving clubs within driving distance from you. You can Google carving clubs in your state and or city and find out if one is within drive distance. They are great places to learn and meet some other carvers. I have never been to one that there weren't at least one or two other stick makers. There are some great books and a few DVD's out there now. And we have a great resource here on this forum. If you new or nearly new I hope you know you can ask members here for help any time. If you do not want to post a question fell free to send me and I am sure other an instant message any time. Have a fun new year with sticks!!