All of my sticks are entirely handmade and have been sourced, seasoned and handcrafted by me.
Many hikers, trekkers and hill-walkers prefer to use a longer stick -(usually called a staff) – rather 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 staff/pole is made from Mountain Ash/Rowan. It is not easily recognised as Mountain Ash because it has been debarked and show instead a lovely underbark with early spalting.
Mountain Ash is a very hardy native tree that can tolerate tough conditions, such as drought or cold. It has a white flower but is mostly known for its large clusters of bright red berries in the autumn. In the wild it is most often found on hills and/or rocky slopes.
Its growth pattern of multiple short branches means that it is difficult to get material suitable for stickmaking. This is a pity because it has a lovely bark which is somewhat similar to Hazel and responds well to careful sanding and varnishing. Longer pieces, when found, make great hiking staffs.
The dimensions shown under the Additional Information tab are in inches and ounces. The width is the measurement at the tip (bottom) of the stick. Any stick can be shortened to a specified length at no extra cost.
Guidelines for arriving at the optimum length for you are shown on the Choosing a Stick page.