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A nice surprise?

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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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Great looking stick! I love the snail.

Why do you start with a large diameter holly blank?

I'm guessing i use more unusual species than not when compared to what's available in Britain. I think we all just use what's locally available with some species preferred over others.

Cherry should make a great shank. I've used flowering plum which is quite similar and I have some cherry drying.

Thanks Stickie.

I'm almost done with a holly stick. I'll post pics when it's done. It didn't dry white. More of a mottled grey to it. From what reading I've done holly can be difficult to cure and keep white. In spite of the color of mine I do like the wood. It's very nice to work with. Hard enough that it holds it's shape well but soft enough you can still file and sand it easily.

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