The tobacco farmer needed tobacco sticks year after year in the process of drying the tobacco crop. After harvesting the tobacco, the leaves were then tied with string to the tobacco stick and hung in the tobacco barn to dry.
Most likely the sticks were made from timber cut on the farm. Often, as is the case with the Carolina Walking Stick, the farmer would hand-hew the logs into the desired stick size using just a mallet and a froe. Unlike a sawn piece of wood, the hand-hewn log would split following the grain, thus producing a stick of somewhat irregular shape.
This irregular shape is what will make your Carolina Walking Stick unique; that along with the wear and tear of service year after year in the tobacco barn.
See the photos below to view the life of a tobacco stick.
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