I decided to whittle a wooden chopstick down to resemble my favorite coffee stirrer drawing instrument. To my surprise and delight, I was able to get it as thin as I wanted. I sharpened the more narrow end, too. Now I have a very versatile stick to draw with. I think I will sand the flat end a little to finish shaping it. I used a small box cutter to do the shaving. You can pick these chop sticks up at most Japanese restaurants, the kind you pull apart.