When I'm not woodworking, I love to play drums in my cover band. I go through a lot of drumsticks, and since I'm a woodworker too, I am always looking for new uses for them. In case you don't know, most drumsticks are made from hard maple or hickory, which is good for woodworking projects. I've used drumsticks for dowels, axel rods, and CD/DVD spindles before, and now I've found yet another good way to upcycle them...Pens!
If you do woodworking, keep an eye out for alternate sources for wood and you might be surprised at what you can find...for FREE!