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Earlier this year I picked up a piece of wood (willow) from the side of the canal that looked ideal for a walking stick.I stripped the bark from it,sanded it & moulded the handle with a wire brush attachment on an angle grinder.I then charred some areas with a blowtorch & waxed the whole thing.I was quite pleased with the result.

I've since read that sticks should be 'seasoned' for about a year before being worked on.Also that willow is not recommended for walking sticks/canes and that bark should be left on.I find willow extremely easy to work when wet & looks better stripped.

I've collected loads more & several are in various stages of construction.None have been left to dry for any significant length of time.My daughter wanted one made & painted pink which I've done.

Am I going to experience any problems with these as they age?

Should bark be off or on?


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Sticks that have not cured or seasoned are more likely to crack or split as they dry out. If the stick moister level is high the paint or any finish may have issues also. I am not sure what Willows you have in the UK. But you should be able to fine information on the willow in your area. You have a number of stickmakers clubs or guilds in the UK. I would encourage you to visit one of their meetings or shows.These groups are great are great places to learn.
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