This was the go I had at one, the diameter was about an inch, I tried as many of the cuts as I could comfortably. I'll have to give it a go again....
Hey i didnt know even that there is some magazine article excisting either but then again ive seen these sticks on book and in youtube,i think and i thought id do one again to show it here as well,What do u talk about workbench?Something,to tighten your stick in to for doing the sticks notches etc?I found this thread quite annoying as nobody has said what magazine you are talking about, what the plans look like & it was only until I could see a picture (the 1st one had a broken link) that I knew what you were all talking about. Perhaps it would be better to give a bit more detail in the opening post for things like this, as a lot of readers will probably be in the same position as me, wondering what was being talked about..
I can see what you mean about the skill level required, as some of those notches are amazing & i would find then quite hard to do on a workbench. This seems be be several levels up from carving a spoon, which is a daunting enough task for newbies. Time I got myself a spoon knife & got started on this wood carving stuff.