I am a senior citizen from central Mississippi and I have recently started trying to make some walking sticks. Retirement without a hobby had me driving the lady of the house a bit wacky. I often take my English Springer Spaniel for walks in the woods behind our yard and happened across several dead red cedar trees. I brought back some and my stick making started to develop. I started searching online for information and have watched a few dozen YouTube videos on the subject. The pride I felt when I gave my 91 y/o mother a cane with a cedar shaft and white oak handle was special. So far I have given a sister, and two daughter in laws their own walking staffs for hiking. My next gift is for a brother in law. I never know how they will turn out and the time spent learning new things is really exciting. I look forward to learning from this group of seasoned craftsmen.