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As is most likely obvious from this post, I am new to this forum. I am also relatively new to carving walking sticks, despite working with wood in the field of slingshots. I of course find woodcraft a fantastic hobby and pastime. Among a wide variety of hobbies and interests, walking, camping, woodcraft, bushcraft and hiking are all high up on the list. So, I guess, one of the best combinations for these is wood carving-especially walking sticks. I look forward to furthering my knowledge of walking sticks and extending my woodcrafting skills. I am possibly one of the younger members of the forum at 15, meaning I have very little knowledge or experience when it comes to walking sticks. I also hope I am an asset to the forum and look forward to seeing you all around the forum. Thanks for spending time to take a look, Ed :)
 

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Hello, and welcome.

I had many of the same hobbies as you at the same age. My stick craft at the time was minimal. Find a reasonably straight branch, preferably dead for a few months and dried. Cut w. hatchet, and whittle off rough ends and branches w. a pocket knife. Never bothered w. much carving or finishing, left them outside, and typically broke them after a few weeks in one manner or another. Hope you are a little more careful than I.

Learning to harvest good sticks is also great for camping. Learn some lashing, and you can make a hut frame, or a drying rack really quickly.
 

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Welcome Ed, look forward to seeing some of your sticks.
 
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