I realise I may be speaking heresy by asking this, but usually when I make thumbsticks out of hazel or ash, I let the sticks dry for at least 12 months before I finish them off. Blackthorn needs 2 years apparently, so my questions are what happens if you work them immediately and by that I mean steam and straighten them and add the brass ferrule. Is it possible to kiln dry them or is that a bad idea? If kiln drying is ok, how does one build and heat something like that? It only needs to hold about a half a dozen sticks at a time. I've just found this lovely blackthorn thumbstick and I have to wait 2 years? Torment.