A few days ago I whittled the bark off of a birch fork. Cut it to size and threw it in the toaster oven for a couple hours. No drying no nothing! when it came out I put some danish oil on it while it was still hot and once it cooled I banded it up. It is plain, simple and cracked. I love it. I have factory forks that I have spent hard earned $ on, naturals I spent countless hours on... and then there is this burnt stick that shoots just as accurately as anything I have ever held. The things you know. lol.