I found an instructable how to build hexastix, but I didn't like the idea to build a jig first. Luckily, I managed to dig up a cached copy of a different way to put it together, requiring just some rubber bands and patience.
As I still have an ample supply of sticks in various diameters and length, rubber bands aplenty and still some patience, I gave it my first shot.
While I was happy with the result, I didn't like the idea to douse the entire structure in glue to make it solid. The rubber bands keep each of the eight hexagonal opening together, but only two of corner of each hexagon aren't held in place by the weaving pattern. A bit of wood glue fixed the most critical ones, and while most sticks can slide around, the object can be handled with disintegrating.
Encouraged by the first success, I decided to bring more colour into it.
|Four colour hexastix|
|Level 4 hexastix|
|Level 5 hexastix|
|10 cm hexastix|
The geometry of the hexastix offered some surprises to me. It's basically a merkaba shape, two intersecting tetrahedra.