Fuming walking sticks - The traditional method of fuming is another method of colouring wood. It takes longer and it may not suit the impatient, but the results can be effective. Fuming walking sticks requires an infusion of bark peelings and boiling water to be made. This when cold is wiped over the peeled walking sticks. The walking sticks should then be suspended in a suitable lenght of plastic rainwater pipe with a polythene bag tied in placed on the top end to seal it. Postition the pipe so it is resting vertical, place a small container of ammonia below the bottom end and leave the walking sticks to stew in the ammonia fumes. Check the progess after a couple of hours, and when the colouration is to your statisfaction remove the walking sticks form the ammonia. Leave it to dry out completely then gently rub in linseed oil with 0000 wire wool to bring out the finish. If you going to try this colouring technique only do so outdoors, and carefully observe the manufactors instructions for handling and disposing of the ammonia. You walking sticks are finished.
Scorching walking sticks - scorching is used to bring out the grain in peeles walking sticks. It requires the use of concentrated clean flame suchs as that from a gas blow torch which is used sometimes to strip paint. The walking sticks should be clamped securely and the flame played along its length until it singes the surface of the wood. Do not keep the flame in the one spot fot to long and avoid burning the walking sticks. The object is to highligth the grain pattern not to convert the walking sticks to charcoal. When the desired effect has achieved rub the walking sticks down ligthly with steel wool and apply a protective varish finish to your walking sticks.