In the past, I have tried to work on and complete six to eight sticks at a time. I have narrowed myself to three. I am currently working on a sycamore, a crepe myrtle, and a bamboo that I cut in nacogdoches, tx last week. The bamboo is new for me and seems very strong. I cut a piece of sweet gum to use as a plug for the top. I see why people like them for hiking sticks, it is very light and durable.