While I would prefer found natural shanks I now have limited capabilities for going out the way I once could. I have found some good resources for wood for topper and shanks. We here in the states to not have near the suppliers our friends in the UK have for cane making supplies. These are people I have used and found the products and service reliable. Some of you may have others you will share.
Butternut & bass wood http://www.wilcoxcarvingwood.com/
Bass wood &Diamond willow Google - Northern Wildwoods .com
Quality Dowles http://www.bellfores.../#.VMr1UmjF-Sp
Edited by CV3, 19 August 2016 - 03:46 PM.