Over the years, Lara and I have collected many walking sticks on our wilderness adventures. We love to bring this precious cargo home with us with the intention of stripping down the bark, sanding the wood to a smooth surface, then coating them with a clear polyurethane to keep the distinct look of the aspen wood. (No trees are harmed in this process, I promise) We've made some really gorgeous walking sticks over the years and given them away as gifts. These days, we find that life moves at a very fast pace and sitting on the porch whittlin' somehow does not happen. I miss it.
These sticks will be nice and aged by the time they are turned into one of those gorgeous walking sticks.