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Absolute novice

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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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