Hi-Thanks everyone for the help with 2 piece walking sticks-I am making progress. I will explain the results when I find the best way to join 2 18" "Sticks". I was just turning some AFRICAN LEADWOOD and it reminds me of CHECHEN-when turned, there is a cloud of DIRT!!! Does the tree encompass/absorb the actual soil? Perhaps I should ask a Botanist... I just find it very odd to say the least. Anyone have any ideas?