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 an attractive Sycamore hiking staff.
As with Alder, Ash and Hawthorn, Sycamore has an uninteresting outer bark which I always remove. The debarking is done slowly and carefully and reveals a warm light brown underbark which has a very fine grain running through it. Nice strong light walking sticks can be made from Sycamore. It is relatively easy to source suitable shanks.