Hi all! Just wanted all to know that I will be reading along and learning for a while. I own some individual handcrafted canes & sticks that I have collected in recent years, and have harvested some hickory now curing out but have never actually made a stick yet. I'm looking forward to retirement in the next year or two and would like to be well along my learning curve by then and acquired the necessary tools. And besides, it sounds like more fun then making pens!