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Just joined the forum. I am currently based in UK and interested in gaining information about the best way to 'finish' (wax / polish / oil??)

a Hawthorn stick which I have had drying in my shed for a copuple of years.

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welcome to the forum

The bark on hawthorn is coarse ,but you can finish it how you want .The hawthorne shank i have has the barked stripped its the only variety of shanks i strip the bark off . i find its to coarse .

I stripped mine with a draw knife its a quick job then rubbed it down . I havnt done anything with it yet its still waiting to be finished but i suppose it will end up with a water buffalo horn collar and some kind of carved topper.It will have a brass ferule put on when its time to do . i have had this nearly a couple of years ,so its a lady in waiting.

there are quite a few stickmakers clubs around depends what part of the coutry your in .Most of these use ram and water buffalo horn but a few carve toppers so there is plenty of old hands that can give you advice on here or around your locality .

You will also find hazel pretty easy to get hold of it grows in most countys its strong with a variety of colour on its bark its easy to straighten and work also ash and chestnut isnt difficult to get .

I finish vitually all my shanks with danish oil but was considering using a varnish on the hawthorn it depends on what type of finish you like.
 

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Welcome to the Forum. I look forward to seeing sticks.
 

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Welcome aboard. Hope you find this an interesting place to be and we look forward to seeing your stick once finished

if your so inclined to share?

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Welcome to the forum looking forward to seeing your work.
 

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Welcome, I have used Hawthorne and leave bark on and finish with Tru Oil (Gunstock oil). when leaving bark on a lot more care is required when jointing to a topper so as not to damage the bark at the joint.
 
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