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Agree with Rodnogdog- it's yor stic make it how you like.
yes it's the purists who make sticks for competitition have specific rules to just about cover everything. My favourite walking thumb stick is a natural one made from a Dog Rose ( prickles removed)
 

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Talking of polishing compound, for info. and the lengths that competition entrants go to to achieve the glass like finish they require I was talked through it by an experienced maker - After the shank has been fully straightened the the N'th degree and all the nodes of small side shoots taken down to achieve a shank with no Bumps when a hand is run down it, the first coat of varnish is applied.

When dry this coat is rubbed down the length of the shank is the inspected for any shiny areas - this indicates a hollow where varnish has collected, another coat is applied, and rubbed down and inspected for hollows, this is repeated until inspection shows a completely matt finish, ie the hollows are all filled with varnish.

a further 3 finish coats are then applied (full drying between coats) a fina light rub down with 400 grit paper and the polished using a rag soaked in T-cut. This process can take as many as 15 coats, the resulting shank is amazing, this was explained by Terry Moss who has been one of the top stickmakers in the UK for many years.

Note this process is predominantly done on shank with "bark on"therefore extra care is required not to damage or mark the bark
 
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