Kemjak -- what kind of walnut are you using? I've never had a problem with our Black Walnut easily denting! I've even had stuff that was hard to turn on the lathe because it was so hard!I made my first stick with a poplar closet dowel and copper fittings. I got my feet wet with it. I had a lot of fun, and I still have the stick. I don't like that it dents so easily, but I've been playing with a piece of walnut, and it can be dented somewhat easily too. At least more easily than I had hoped.