My first render, some chux

no lighting just used AO with add + sky. Anyone know of a way to get the edges on the length of the chux to appear crisper without changing the ends which already are a little to sharp for my taste. Rather simple but still thought it turned out well.

Advice is more than welcome. And i know someone is going to say that the one side with the width wise fades on it looks funny but that is really how the wood can look depending on how the chux are made.

Any suggestions on how to rig it for physics? the ropes just seemed to jitter around the whole time and do unrealistic bends just as the sticks where sitting still.

well done for a first render