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Greetings to all! I'm from northern Minnesota and I recently became interested in collecting diamond willow sticks. I keep my eyes open for good sticks as I walk my dog and there's so much willow around here that I've collected about 130 sticks in the last 3 months or so. They are peeled and drying as I impatiently wait for the opportunity to sand and varnish them.

I'm here to learn all I can about the process from harvesting to peeling to drying to sanding to varnishing, etc. I may be interested in selling sticks one day, but for now it's just a fascinating and convenient hobby for me. I think it's like Christmas and Easter. Finding the sticks is like an Easter egg hunt and peeling the sticks is like opening a present to see what surprises are inside.

It's nice to meet you all and I look forward to learning from you.
 

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welcome to the site

There is much more to do with shanks than just sand them carved decorate in many ways with a range of materiald to do it

But be warned its highly addictive its also dusty so when your better half gets on to you cant say you have been warned
 

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to further your interest and challege your skills look at 1st class stickmakers such as stickwith dave and stickies work .

they will give you a idea what can be achieved

Theres also a couple of resonable stickcarvers you may be interested in but all the people here are helpful and take on different styles and methods of working

from the pratical to exhibition work so a wide range of people helping each other
 

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Hello Tom and welcome to the forum. Diamond Willow makes a great looking cane or walking stick. Sadly it does not grow in the deep south. But I can order it. As cobalt said there are may things you can do to a stick in addition to the finish. In the upper right of this page you will see "Gallery". You may find some good ides there.
 
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