My father is retiring soon and one of his / our favorite things to do is walk our dogs in the woods. Ever since I was little, he has always found a stick to use as a staff of some sort. So I was thinking that as a retirement gift I would make him a walking staff. Thing is, I don't know how. I have basic woodworking skills, and have built a bass from parts before. I have also built shelves and a coffee table. Has anyone out there done this? What woods? Carving? Lathe? Length?