This is my new crafty passion, and I'm pretty sure hairsticks and I are going to run off together. I'm using a handy dandy folding boxcutter and sandpaper, none of those fancy power sanders or bandsaws. Ha! I laugh at you, power tools! My blisters and I are doing just fine without the likes of you.
This is the first stick I finished. It's oak, and I decided to leave it a little rough- there's a wormhole, and its got some nice coloration on the top. This one's going to a man in exchange for some lovely twisted red oak to feed the addiction
This one shows the bead that's inside the metal one. I like it!
This is the whole thing.
close up of the end
These are the second and third. After searching all over for the perfect stick, my pup trots up on the deck and drops a PERFECT piece of cedar at my feet and wanders off. Weird thing is, we don't even have a cedar tree in my backyard. Or my neighbors', for that matter.
All told, these things took me about a week (note the lack of power tools). They tore up my hands, so I couldn't work on them for very long each day. I'd work about 15 minutes out of each hour, so it was VERY slow going. Anyway, I made these for a swap (my first, to be specific) and my partner seemed to like them. :.)
I hope thelastkodama doesn't mind my borrowing her picture, but here they are in action. They ended up being a little over 6" in length.
These are sort of cheater sticks, if you ask me. I took a pair of chopsticks, carved them round and then sanded away. Because you can't really stain bamboo, I painted them black and covered them with several coats of polycrylic. They're wrapped in copper wire with wooden beads, freshwater pearls and abalone shells.
And thus concludes the tour.
So... what do ya think?