Some hikers, trekkers and hill-walkers prefer to use a longer stick -(usually called a staff) – than the traditional walking stick/cane. Although I generally concentrate on making normal length sticks, I occasionally come across shanks which are long enough to be finished as staffs.
This one is a Ash hiking staff made from Alder
Alder is generally found along banks of streams and on damp ground. It is rare to find alder growing on good dry soil.
The bark, when sanded, is deep brown but, if stripped, the heartwood is slightly yellow in colour.
Because it is not prone to splitting, is extremely water resistant and is very light it is often used for stickmaking.