I’ve scoured the web for information on willow, especially diamond willow. Here are some of my favorites:
Sticksite.com – this is the site that really got me going with diamond willow. It’s a great resource, but sadly its creator, Ken, passed away in April, 2013.
Wikipedia page on diamond willow. A bit technical, but interesting reading.
Walking Stick Forum – a great place to meet other people from all around the world who make walking sticks. I’ve gotten a lot of good advice on this forum.
Mastering Diamond Willow by Rick Charlebois – the only book I’ve found devoted specifically to diamond willow.
Willow Bird Feeders – a great little book that shows how to make 10 different bird feeders out of willow.
Flex Drum Sander Kit – my sander of choice. You need a motor for this kit with a 1/2″ or 5/8″ shaft. You can also order extra sanding drums here.
How to put a rubber tip on a stick – where to buy the tips and how to install them.
Flexcut 1″ Mini-Draw Knife – Amazon link to my favorite stick peeling tool.
Flexcut 5″ Draw Knife – Amazon link to a larger draw knife that is great for peeling bigger willow pieces.
Walking Stick Accessories – a great site for buying accessories for walking sticks.
The Stick Man – a great shop in the UK for all things walking sticks!
Facebook Walking Stick Group – Join this group to interact with thousands of stick makers on Facebook!