I thank you for your replies. It might seem trivial in that the answers are somewhat obvious but I really wanted to see some more experienced insight to confirm my suspicions.
I read through each of your responses 3 times. The value in all the different responses is that I learned something different from all of them and no one is wrong
Thanks for affirming my tendency towards the sapling and oil Rodney.
I read many times about the tung oil but when I got to the hardware store I noticed the tung oil there said it was only for interior finishes so I got some teak oil that said it was good for interior/exterior and that the Teak oil was resistant to UV rays. I noticed that on the teak oil container it warned of the spontaneous combustion rag warning. In it's application and finish is Teak oil the same type of product as linseed oil or is the spontaneous combustion rag warning the only similarity?
Is there a certain type of Tung oil that is for exterior applications?
I look forward to using this Teak Oil on the next batch of sticks but I do love the look of that spar varnish on the first set of sticks. Especially on the bottom 12" of the sticks that I left the bark on, that looks real sharp.
Up until now I was stuck on the nose high walking stick. Now I think I'd be pretty comfortable with a lard cured shillelagh. Wish I knew how to pronounce that word
I will also make a point of fitting Ferrules.
And lastly I love the notion of leaving the bark on. That's be a fine looking shaft. Thanks for that one Cobalt.
Many thanks to you all,