I needed some new charcoal for my next paintings. Thought Iā€™d try a few types of our local wood.

Carving sticks for charcoal

The cut pieces were put in small metal boxes and into the deep ashes after a bonfire. I left them for an hour to see how it worked.

They work great. The pine is a bit harder with a nice gray color and the willow is awesome, very black and smooth. Overall a success.