Really I find it to be good, it carves pretty easily, steam straightens well, and works pretty well with bark on or off. Oh, and it grows like a weed. I used to cut it down, now I just groom it to grow sticks.Nice looking piece Alador. Never thought to try Autumn Olive as a walking stick. Around our area the State Forester has put Autumn Olive on the invasive species hit list. So cutting it down for stick material would not be frowned upon on our state forests lands.