Our physician of nearly 30 years will retire at the end of this year. He also likes long walks, and he uses a walking stick.
My final appointment with him was this morning. I took with me several examples of what I've done, as well as photos of sticks that I have made for family members. He was most touched and accepted my offer to make him a good stick.
It figures that amongst the sticks that I showed him and the photos, that his favorite was the diamond willow stick that I made for my daughter-in-law. I anticipated that, and I have been looking all over the internet for diamond willow sticks. I found a lot, but none were as beautiful as the one that I hand picked at a woodcarver's show here and finished for my daughter.
This Doc is one of a vanishing breed, who puts the well being of his patients above all else. We will miss him, although he gave me his cell phone number and has told my wife and me that he thinks of us more as friends than patients. I expect that we will see more of him next year.
So, my question is, what is the source of the best quality stock of diamond willow that you have seen? Doc is interested in about a 60" length, and that's shorter than the one I made my daughter-in-law but longer than most that I see advertised. I'm frustrated that I can't see an online photo that compares with the first one I purchased.
Do you think I need to buck up and drive to some trade show?