I cut a bunch of saplings so I made myself and a few others some nice handy walking sticks. We called them hiking sticks in boy scouts, lol.
I have bought several at craft shows over the years, but my favorites are ones I have made. Nothing fancy, just a functional tool when walking in the woods. Keeps the spider webs at bay too.
My long time favorites were made from dogwood, boy they are strong and last for ever.
I just made a nice one from cherry, it feels strong and is finishing out very smooth.
Here is what I have found about the different woods. Maple does not last. Pine works but can stay sticky. Oak works good but is heavy. Hickory is a little bit better then oak. Dogwood is the best. You can even get it from a dead tree.
If you want to peel the bark peel it green. If you a finish use linceed oil and rub the wood with a bone or deer antler before you apply linceed oil.
A walking stick is a handy tool. So what is your favorite walking stick?
I will try and post some pics if I can get into photobucket...