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These look like very practical hiking sticks Big-O. I have done two compass inlays before, one I still have to finish and one went onto a short walking stick and after using it for a while I realised it looked "wrong" it just didn't look right somehow. Having said that, the compass's on your staffs look the part. Well done on some fine work sir! N. :goodjob:
 

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I suppose the left-most stick in the first picture is hickory? I really like the look you got going there. I usually find hickory sticks all sanded and smoothed out. I am currently working on a hickory stick and I am thinking of giving it a natural look too. I havea couple of questions to ask --

  1. did you sand it at all to smooth out the wavy grain a little bit?
  2. what finish did you use? I have a bottle of tung oil that I was hoping to use :)
Thanks and great job :)
 

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I suppose the left-most stick in the first picture is hickory? I really like the look you got going there. I usually find hickory sticks all sanded and smoothed out. I am currently working on a hickory stick and I am thinking of giving it a natural look too. I havea couple of questions to ask --

  1. did you sand it at all to smooth out the wavy grain a little bit?
  2. what finish did you use? I have a bottle of tung oil that I was hoping to use :)
Thanks and great job :)
Yes the stick is hickory. I sanded smooth and used walnut stain to bring out the grain. Then 3 coats of semigloss polyurethane. after the first and second coat of urethane I used 000 steel wool to sand the raised hairs. Makes for a glass like finish.
 
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