When I told some of the folks I talked to at the local carving club's show last spring that I liked carving cherry they thought it was too tough to work with. I really like the way it carves clean without fuzzies, holds great detail and finishes beautifully with or without the bark. I also like the faint smell of cherries when working with it.
Great start Randy. That is going to be an extremely interesting piece with a fly fishing theme. I am very interested to see how it progresses as I have a guy I met in Wyoming on last summers trip that asked if I could make him a trout fishing themed cane this winter. I have been drawing a blank in the inspiration department. My thoughts were about burning/carving several species of the trout he fishes for on the shank, but I don't know.