Stick insect species, often called walking sticks, range in size from the tiny, half-inch-long (11.6-millimeter-long) Timema cristinae of North America, to the formidable 13-inch-long (328-millimeter-long) Phobaeticus kirbyi of Borneo. This giant measures over 21 inches (55 centimeters) with its legs outstretched, making it one of the world’s longest insects. Females are normally larger than males.
Your Message: Just discovered your site today and was looking it over. Saw you had a section on walking sticks and took a look at that (My knees don't hold up on their own so well on long hikes anymore).
Anyhow, I had a suggestion for an additional thing to make into a walking stick. I went through the Zion's Narrows with several friends last year and was quite surprised when several of them showed up with pool cue's for walking sticks (the cheap one piece cue's, I think they found them at a thrift store for really cheap). I enjoy billiards and at first thought what a travesty. Suprisingly their pool cues held up well and worked quite well despite the fact that the Narrows is pretty much a trail you hike almost entirely in water with stones and boulders under water (really requires a good walking stick for balance). I had borrowed some trekking poles from my roommate and at a critical moment of unbalance one collapsed on me and I fell in (no fun, cold). Some of the others in our group that had the nice telescoping poles also had telescoping problems (collapse)as well. My friends having the light weight one piece pool cues didn't have any off balance problems at all.
This series features my finest sticks, allowing me to bring my fine arts skills as an artist into my work as a craftsman of one-of-a-kind walking sticks.
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