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Hi fellas, I have a few shanks drying that I am looking forward to trying to turn into sticks, the thing is, they aren't your run of the mill species such as Hazel, Ash, Chestnut etc. I have Birch, Sycamore, Cherry, Hawthorn and Holly. I was wondering if anyone else has tried to use an unusual timber and either it was a great success or a complete failure? I look forward to hearing some of your experiences. Thanks. N.
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the finish on the stick is stunning, detail on the trout is great with the water snail.. it was made from one piece of horn ?

lot work very nicely finished

I have only stripped the bark of hawthorn which gave a white colour but love the grain on the holly.

Since getting interested in stick making I am amazed at the quality of work done by people in there sheds and gives some idea of the standards people have achieved .

and looking at people who enter shows it certainly makes you realize the standards you should aim for .

Great piece of work. .So hope to see some of your work at shows during the year
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the more I see of horn on sticks I wonder if I would be able to do the quality items I have seen .Not only does the quality show so well the range of carvings you see are much wider and never a me to product . There seems to be much more effort I the design it makes the work stand out more and shows both the imagination and the artistry of the maker moving beyond whats called craft.
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