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I know your main focus is the carving but could you please show us the shank too?

I was under the impression British makers didn't usually peel the shank so I'm interested in what they look like when you do.

I do think the contrast between the two woods works beautifully.

Thanks,

Rodney
 

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Hi Shank is stripped blackthorne

British stick makers do strip shanks. indeed long tradition ( See Norman Tulips book) of taking holy 2" or more dia

& reducing to shank size leaving knots, & then staining to bring out the grain of the heart wood. If you take a holly of shank size from the woods you will only get a white stick no grain.This also works well with blackthorne.

I have used this method for years

The big difference in British sticks generally is that we straighten our shanks.
 
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