The Rowan tree is considered a magical tree in Irish Folklore and has long enjoyed a reputation to protect against enchantment. The wood is dense and in the past was used for carving and turning as well as for tool handles and walking sticks. The tree was also called "wayfarer's tree" or "traveler's tree" because it supposedly prevents those on a journey from getting lost
Rowan tree, mountain ash ( not related to ash tree at all just the leaves look similar)or witchwood as it is also known as is the only other wood I would consider making walking sticks and hiking poles from. I love all the stories and legends around this wood and think all serious stick collector should at least one Irish Rowan tree in their collection.
They are lighter than blackthorn but still hard and a great stick.
They are hard to come by so I will only make a few of these a year. The only grow in the mountains in Ireland and have a beautiful red berry fruit which makes them highly regarded.
This hiking stick is superb. It measures 48 1/2 inches in height and weighs 1000g Diameter at the base is 1 1/8 inch.