Hello everyone! I'm very excited to find a site such as this one as my 11 year old son and I have decided to try our hand at making walking sticks. Our interest in the subject stems from my desire for an irish blackthorn cane/shillelagh so while researching the subject I found this forum. Today we cut our first two test subjects, one of which appears to be some type of birch possible. I know this probably isn't a suitable wood, but it does have a kind of decent shape to it after we dug it up. So, how do we begin? Hand it up? Or do we need to prepare it some way for seasoning? Thanks for the advice and direction as we start out!
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