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Hi everyone,

What a cool forum!!!!

Firstly my name is John from Ireland and I recently decided to make me a few sticks for the long days rambling in the countryside. A few weeks back I harvested some Blackthorn sticks and I need some help with what to do now with them before they get damaged and become unusable.

I know that I will probably have to wait for almost a year before working on them but I want to look after them until then and have a few questions for you experts out there.

-each stick I have cut a little longer than required and can see some of them splitting already. Do I need to oil the ends of them periodically while they are drying? If so what do I use and is it only the ends that I oil or do I oil the whole stick?

-also, do I start shaping them right away or do I let them dry out completely before I start shaping, especially for knob sticks?

Thanks for your help.

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