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 good Rhododendron hiking staff.
Rhododendron is not often used to make walking sticks largely because it can be difficult to find suitable shanks. When suitable Rhododendron shanks are found they make very attractive sticks… tough, light, colourful, never straight… but full of character! Though the cross section is often oval rather than round this in no way diminishes either the attractiveness or the usefulness of the sticks.