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Hi everyone just would like to know what the best wood is to make a stick for walking with. I've got a hazel tree in the garden, would that be ok?

Also do you have to dry it out?

Thanks.

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Hazel is great, look for one that has been coppiced you get nice straight sticks from them. Season them well.

 

Oh and a mate has used ash saplings before they are straight and tend to be a bit hefty

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Thanks for replays lads, didn't realise it took so long to season them.

Atb.

You can use them straight away if they are naturally straight, but if you want to heat them up and straighten them up they need to be dried out or they will return back to their natural shape, hazel is very good as it is often straight enough naturally
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A standard sized hazel stick..........say an inch at the fattest/top end, then tapered.............should be straightened out after 7 or 8 months of drying, there's still some sap in it, and heating that sap with a heat gun allows the wood fibers to slide one one another, if they dry to much you've got way more chance of damaging it trying to straighten the bends out. I tend to leave them a bit longer after straightening, but make sure they're laid nice and flat, most times a bit of a tickle with the heat gun when you come to finish the stick and jobs a good un.

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Simple straightening method. Door not being used much ie outdoor , bothie, whatever. Put the sick alongside the hinges and close the door with a little pressure. You might alter occasionally but it does do the job.

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The latest Newsletter from the Border Stick Dressers Association

has an article in from Dane Love, a great maker of all types of sticks.

He has a DVD out on the making of a Burr Elm, Thistle ( crook type ) walking stick.

The thistle is carved on the curl end.

A good help for beginners, and experienced stick-makers.

Its £10 plus £1.50 postage.

From

Dane Love, 80 Holland Crescent, Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA18 1QE

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