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    Question Anyone Tried OVER THE HAWAIIAN MOON Sticks/Forks from Etsy?

    I found these sticks and forks on Etsy:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/OverTheHawaiianMoon

    The prices seem too good to be true and wondered if anyone had any of them? Are they sanded smooth? Any snagging? Thanks for any experience.
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    I wondered about those, too. I thought the designs were very graceful.

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    I've been eyeing these ebony sticks for a while. I believe he sells these items on ebay as well. I would have to double check but I purchased a couple pair of sticks through ebay quite a while back and I'm almost 100% positive they were from this seller, these and these. They are smooth and no problems.

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    I believe this is the same seller as JWL Hawnkoa on Amazon. In my opinion, they are really well made! The seller is really amazing and stands behind his products. He sent a handwritten note and a bonus hair stick inwith my first order. So far I have a pair of the rosewood spiral hairsticks, a rosewood conical hairstick (this was the gift included in my first order, and my favorite stick!), and a blue aluminum spiral stick which I love for when I have wet hair. I plan to purchase a lot more from him! My only complaint is that the wood sticks were a little too pointy/sharp. I just rounded the point with a nail file after I used it the first time and it fixed the problem. The aluminum one doesn't have that problem though. The wood sticks are very smooth and I haven't experienced any snagging.

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    JWL/Over the Hawaiian Moon. I have mixed feelings. A couple summers ago Jim had a bunch of lots of rosewood sticks and forks he was listing over on his eBay. I got a good selection of two pairs of sticks and several hair forks for a fairly good deal. When they arrived I found that one had been broken in shipping and a stick had a weird worm hole in it that had been filled with some sort of wax that melted into my hair and caused a small chunk of scalp hair to be cut out to deal with the issue.

    When I told him about the one problem he was totally nice about it and said to just send it back. The second issue was apparent only after I wore the pair a couple days later. So I contacted him again saying I was grateful for him taking the time to address issues with my order, and here's an issue I didn't notice right away and here's what happened, could I return the bad ones for a replacement. When I contacted him about it he first said he'd no idea what I was talking about with the quality issue, because this lot was made by a previous co-op partner and he had no time to inspect them and just wanted to clear out these items. Then I tried to contact him again after silence and he got really passive aggressive in his reply saying that the whole transaction reeked of bad juju and could I just return the whole shipment to him so he could wash his hands of it. I replied that I liked them and wanted to keep them.

    At this point I had no wish for a refund, but I felt insulted by his insinuation that I was making issues where there were none for the fun of making trouble (I had already done a bunch of sanding on them to make them usable and didn't want my effort to go to waste) so I drew a diagram of each of the sticks and their issues and then bundled up the bad stick and fork into a sturdy mailer and sent it home to him. He sent me a replacement, but never communicated with me again or acknowledged that he got the broken/bad sticks.

    The shape of those sticks were identical to several of the designs he now sells, so whether or not the batch was made by him I can say with confidence that he really slender "wavy" shaped sticks are not very strong and cannot take much torq at all. The "spiral shaped ones were very tapered which made them spit out of my hair. These sticks are petite and probably good for thin to medium thickness hair.

    The coating on them was really weak and my spouses sweat make the stick raise grain really bad and get the stick tangled in his hair, when that stick came out, so did a bit of Snuggles's hair. The forks were not well sanded, nor smoothly cut at the tip of the legs. Many had snags in random places. I discovered one to have a fine grainwise break in the middle part of the leg. I ended up sanding a lot away in that part in order to get all of the break removed so it wouldn't continue to split, making a really weird fork from that one. Not a single one could go un-sanded before use, they were all to snaggy and sharp and rough. I am glad I did research before I started to sand them. I had to get a mask to do it and gloves, because rosewood is a high allergy plant like poison ivy.

    Once sanded and polished and oiled, these actually made decent hair forks, but they were all pretty much the same width and size and all very straight, and for the length these are I would have preferred something curved. Over the years I have made several into gifts, and re-decorated them to suit the recipients, but I do still have a couple of them around. They don't get much love because they are too short for what I want a long fork for and don't distribute pressure evenly enough for the things I want short forks for.

    On the other hand, I just received one of the OvertheHawiianMoon anodized aluminum hair sticks in a swap. It has the same "wavy" shape of my old failed rosewood sticks, and it is really sturdy and smooth, though the tip is more oblong than pointed, and it isn't as rounded as the wood version, making it a tiny bit snaggy on insertion, but leaps and bounds nicer than the rosewood ones. This is definitely a product I would recommend. Waterproof, practically indestructible, highly economical, and fairly attractive.

    If the first lot of stuff was random coop member's work and the second was Jim's, then I can recommend Jim's work, but not random coop member's work. But the shape of the forks still seems to be the same, so I do warn they you will probably want to do some sanding to smooth the edges and tips and seal them with oil and or beeswax polish instead f trusting the thin lacquer to protect the wood.
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    AspenSong got me a pair of the yellow aluminum curved catiwompus things and I added dangles and I love them. They held the naughty mess captive on a windy day while hiking.

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    I've had a few of theirs on my wishlist for a while. I think I want to get one of these and maybe attach some sort of rose, bow, or rhinestone. I see he sells them with rhinestones already attached, but they look cloudy and cheap.
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    Well, they recently posted these and I had to order them. I had to. It was beyond my control.
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    For those with aluminum, how does the color wear?
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    It is extremely smooth and anodised like a quality crochet hook. Unfortunately I have dropped it twice outside ( am very clumsy) and now have dings in it that I cannot smooth down without destroying the finish.
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