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 substantial staff made from Elderberry. Although it is a big stick, Elderberry is not a heavy wood.
Not the most common choice for stick-making, Elderberry is hard, straight and lightweight.
When the bark is removed -(almost invariably it has to be at least shaved)- it reveals a nice yellow wood with regularly spaced nodes and irregular grooving.
I usually retain the underbark as it has a most attractive vein effect.