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My name is Sean and I'm glad I found the site! I never before thought about a walking stick forum even though I use other forums for the hobbies I have, I stumbled on it when I was searching for American Hornbeam information for a stick I'm currently working on. I've been making walking sticks for freinds and myself for several years. I sometimes make them for charity and most people are thrilled t get one, even the most simple ones.

I'm looking forward to seeing other's work and learning new techniques and ideas - as well as sharing some that I've come up with -
 

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Hello Sean and welcome to the forum. There are great group of stickmakers here. I hope you will jump right in sharing your work and skills.
Randy
 

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Is that 3 or 4 Sean's now :)? Least we all spell it correctly!

Welcome, can't wait to see what you bring to the table!

Sean
 

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Hi Sean, welcome. Hope you enjoy the forum. As mentioned hope you post some pics of your work.

Cheers,
Sean
 

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Hi, Sean, and welcome.

I've done one stick from hornbeam. Very hard, tight grain. Was very white to start, but after a time it shifts color to a pale tan. I think it would take fine detail carving. Myself, I liked how very smooth the wood could be made with fine sanding (up to 1800 grit) and so just carved a simple smooth grip.

Was hard to finish, because nothing penetrated the wood very well. In the end, I coated it w. teak oil, which has similar water resistance to tung, but is thinner and soaks into dense woods better.

I have a couple pieces of hop hornbeam, which is easier to find. I hope it is similar to hornbeam, tho' at the least, it looks a little darker.
 

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Welcome Sean from NW Indiana. Lots of talented people on here, much to see and learn.

Looking forward to seeing some of your pieces.

Mark
 

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Welcome Sean - another member from Central NY
 
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