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This is cedar stick. It has a lot of colors in the wood. I have roughed out the face I am thinking of carving a bear or Eagles head on the top not sure yet. But with all the color in the wood I can not wait to see it with the finish on it. It is one of two cedar sticks I got from Stixman at Kentucky Walking Sticks. The other one is just as nice. I also got a cherry, maple and sassafras sticks . They are nice also. Thanks Stixman.

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Going to be another beautiful piece CV3. Wood spirits are so much fun, their appearance is only limited to the carvers imagination.

How is cedar to work with? I don't have a lot of experience with different woods how would it compare to say pine, cherry or hickory?
I like cedar, but carving it veries. Some times it is hard to work with. It will chip out when doing detail. Tools must be sharp. Slow shallow cuts not forcing the blade, letting it cut through. It veries also with the type of cedar. Some times pwoer tool work best. (Dust protection is a must!)
 

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Had a chance to put a little time on this stick today. I got the hair line started. The hair flows back on each side. I love all the colors in this stick but having those color lines is may make it hard for the flow of the hair stand out. May put the hair in with a wood burner. Not sure yet.
 

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I don't have carving talent,but I know what I like.That is excellent!!
Thanks rdemler. All it takes to learn to carve is a sharp knife abd a box of Band Aids. There are some good how tos on youtube. It is not that hard to learn. It just takes time.
 

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I am not sure Yaxley. I order some sticks from Kentucky Walking Sticks to fill some orders. He has nice air dried sticks. Two of those were cedar. It carves very nice. It is a titer drain different than cedar I have use in the past. I contacted him and he was not sure what type of cedar it was. I want some more.
 

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Sounds like we both spent time roaming the west. For a 15 year period I lived and or worked in almost every state west of the Mississippi River. I sent most of it in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Texas. I use a marine Tung oil or marine urethane on just about all my sticks. Tung oil is my choice for most natural wood sticks. The urethane mostly on the painted projects.
 

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Tung oil is a old finish. It was used by the chines sense 400BC it is a good long lasting finish. It needs good ventilation when being applied. And it will darken the wood some. It takes time to build the finish to its beep luster but to me it is well worth the effort. There are allot brands out there. My choice is one called Waterlox.
 

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Bill,

A heads up on the marine Tung oil finish. It gives a higher gloss finish that the regular Tung oil. With Waterlox there is a tung oil marine sealer and a marine finish. I only use both when I want High gloss look. I use the Tung oil marine sealer like regular Tung oil most of the time. When I first ordered I got the finish and it is really a top coat.
 
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