I used solid cherry because it is somewhat durable, yet turns nicely on the lathe. I made my first one off-camera just to see how it would turn out. It was successful, so I recorded the process when turning the second one.
The sticks are 16" long and about 1/2" thick. The sticks were easy to turn; however, the middle of the stick did flex from the pressure of the cutting tool. Next time, I might try using a steady rest to apply some opposing force to the tool.
It was very rewarding to play drums with my own handmade sticks, so I will be making more in the future.