Sep 12, 2012 - 11:01 AM
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Re: woodcarving, there is a shop near the train station that I believe is open without a lunch break during the time you will be there. The largest and most interesting shop is Jobin. They have a great website at http://www.jobin.ch/cms/cms.asp?Page=258&LF=3&p=ASP\Pg258.asp but unfortunately no mention of opening hours. You could select "Contact" and send them an inquiry.
You do not need hiking sticks for any of the hikes you mention nor any of the other easier walks in the area. Sticks are quite useful for hikes that include rough terrain or a significant amount of elevation ascent or descent, but these walks aren't like that