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