I've been thinking of trying to carve my own knitting needles and crochet hooks, but I have a few questions before I get started. What sort of wood would be best so they don't snap? The only hardwoods I can think of are ash and elm. Also, would it be better to carve from a large chunk of wood or a thin branch from a suitable tree? For some reason I imagine that if they were made from thin branches they would break easily like a twig does.
Thanks for any help, and I'll post about how they turn out