Thanks to StrangerDanger a couple posts down, this request has been turned into a mod.
A mod request if it's possible.
To take a torch and break it back down into it's base components so that we get sticks back out of it.
Reason: I find my character occasionally in a cavern system and have run out of picks, theres been plenty of rock collected and even though I came pretty well prepared, I probably usually get carried away on mining redstone and eventually find that I'm down to my last pickaxe and when trying to get out, I exhaust it, thus leaving me deep in the bowels of a cavern with no wood sticks to create some emergency pickaxes out of stone.
Would be great to be able to place the torch in my 4 square crafting and regain the wood sticks from it (lose the coal as a penalty).
While I realize that I could use a program like Invedit to replenish my inventory of pickaxes, thats cheating and I try to avoid (and always have thus far) adding inventory to my character, or using one of the other programs like MCEdit to return my character to where ever I want to place him, so something along this in survival would seem to me to be a good addition and allow the player to avoid using external programs.
And heck, if you think about it, it's pretty natural, I mean we created the torches from sticks and coal, it seems natural to me that the character would be able to either break the torch to regain the sticks, and or just remove the ignition source from the top of it to regain the stick.