I am about to show you the proper way to take on a stick. Now if you are new to sticks or if you are unsure of your stick chewing capabilities, I would suggest starting with a slightly smaller stick and maybe try it on dry land first. However you do it I hope you find this informative video helpful.
I hope you found this helpful. Remember to start at one end and work your way to the other. Do not swallow the shavings. Keep a firm stand on the ground. Keep focused. And above all else, HAVE FUN.
I think I might, maybe, take a couple days off to finish off my stick. But if I get done sooner I'll be back before you know it.