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Greetings everyone,

I'm almost 50 years old and currently reside in the Catskill mountains of New York, a recent migrant from the "Flat lands" of Southern New Jersey.My girlfriend transplanted here 20 years ago from NYC.

On my first visit up we went hiking up one of the mountains. Both she and her sister had staffs/poles so I decided that it couldn't be that hard to make one. I've been hooked for about a year now.

I have no experience in carving wood and even less in finishing it other than applying Tung oil to several of my creations.

In any case, it's a pleasure to "meet" all of you and I look forward to learning everything I possibly can.

Steve
 

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Hey,

Drove thru the Catskills once maybe 30 yrs. ago. Pretty nice, I could understand why it was a popular get away from NYC.

"I've been hooked for about a year now." Yes, stick making can be addictive. As far as finishing goes, I think Tung is quite good. I started w. polyurethane over stain, but found that the varnish tended to fog where it was gripped, and would sometimes scratch and chip. I also tried shellac. I really like the look, but its even more fragile. Recently tried some Teak oil. It is thinner than Tung, and penetrates somewhat better. Seems to produce a slightly glossier finish, and supposedly has similar water repellant qualities like Tung.
 
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